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Al Ahly complain against Azarou suspension, other CAF decisions

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Al Ahly have announced they have submitted an official complaint letter to the Confederation of African Football () expressing their astonishment from the decisions following the first leg of Champions League final against Esperance.

CAF Disciplinary Board have hit Al Ahly with a two-match suspension for team striker Walid Azarou due to unsporting behaviour during the Esperance clash, in addition to a 20,000 USD fine to the club and inviting coach Patrice Carteron for a hearing regarding allegations of another unsporting behaviour.

Al Ahly argued that Azarou was banned for two matches although he was never condemned or warned by the match official, aside from the official match video tape which did not include any condemnation against the player.

“The incident of the shirt ripping is an unsporting behaviour the player was punished for by his club, but it’s widespread from all players in the world without them being punished for it,” Al Ahly said in their statement.

“Imposing a fine on Al Ahly while the team and its fans have not done what’s worth this punishment. Calling Carteron for a hearing is inapprehensible when he was the one who was subject to assault by a player from the opponent.”

The Red Devils were also flabbergasted by the fact that CAF will discuss the suspension of two Esperance players (Franck Kom and Chamseddine Dhaouadi) for accumulation of yellow cards, which is a term in the CAF Disciplinary Code.

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