Tunisian FA criticize CAF decisions, demand Azaro suspension
The Tunisia Football Association issued a statement in response to the decisions made by Confederation of African Football ‘CAF’, objecting against Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Charef and demanding the suspension of Al Ahly forward Walid Azaro.
The match witnessed controversial decisions from Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Charef as he awarded three penalties [two to Al Ahly] and booked both Dhaouadi and Kom, who will now miss the return leg in Rades.
The Tunisian FA pointed out their surprise regarding the timing of the decisions made by CAF’s disciplinary committee regarding the organization of the return-leg on November 9, due to the incidents that happened during the second-leg semi-final game against Angolan club Primeiro de Agosto.
CAF will be asked by the Tunisian federation to review their decisions about the allocation of fans as Esperance were asked to not allow their fans to sit close to Al Ahly fans at Rades stadium to ensure their safety, even though Tunisian fans were sitting at the lower stands at Borg El-Arab with Egyptian fans sitting right above them in the upper stands.
As for the game’s referee, the statement said: “The federation denounces the referee’s poor performance after he committed huge mistakes that had an effect on the game’s result. Therefore, the federation is calling for immediate decisions to be taken against the referee.”
Additionally, they asked CAF to review the actions of Al Ahly forward Walid Azaro, who won his side two penalties, and to prevent him from playing in the return-leg after he committed violent actions against a player from Esperance and for tearing his shirt.
“We are not pleased with what happened with Esperance’s bus as it was stopped for more than 15 minutes and we addressed the Tunisian Foreign Ministry about what happened,” the statement concluded.