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Carteron speaks about Esperance penalty, post-match violence

Patrice Carteron

Al Ahly boss revealed that he was assaulted by an player as the first-leg match of the final ended.

Patrice Carteron spoke after his side defeated Esperance 3-1 in a vital victory one week before travelling to face them at Stade Olympique de Radès.

“We played a good match and achieved a two-goal lead,” Carteron told the press. “Esperance are surely a very good team. The second leg will not be easy at all. We hope not to repeat mistakes made at Radès.”

The match witnessed controversial decisions from Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Charef at Borg El-Arab as he awarded three penalties [two to Al Ahly] and booked both Dhaouadi and Kom, who will now miss the return leg in Rades.

“Esperance’s penalty kick was deserved, that’s why we did not object. We have VAR now but people are still objecting decisions made by referees,” he added.

Esperance coach Mounie Chaabani said after the match that he blames Charef for his side’s loss.

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The French manager also told Al Ahly TV channel that he was assaulted by an Esperance player and expressed his disappointment with some of the incidents that happened during the game.

“I was attacked by a player from Esperance. He attacked me with his foot.

“This in addition to violence from the Tunisian fans, Al Ahly players were insulted multiple times. I wished the general atmosphere was better. Such incidents clouded our happiness with the victory.”

Carteron assured that his side will ask for special security measures in Tunisia.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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