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Al Ahly-Esperance match director speaks on Azarou incident

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The director of Al Ahly game against Esperance de Tunis Hesham Abdel-Wadoud has admitted that he never saw the footage of ’s shirt ripping during the game, confessing that he would have broadcasted it if he had.

Azarou played a major role in Al Ahly’s 3-1 first leg victory over Esperance in Alexandria, earning the Red Devils two penalties that sparked controversy and caused heavy protests from the Tunisian side led by the Tunisian Football Federation.

A leaked footage of the 23-year-old Moroccan ripping his shirt collar after earning the second penalty for Al Ahly where he was pulled by Esperance defender inside the box, which was justified by the Blood & Golds as a trickery to earn a penalty.

“I am not the source of the footage of Azarou. This snapshot was produced by the VAR room,” Abdel-Wadoud said.

“If I had saw the incident live I would have broadcasted it during the game normally. My duty is to transmit what happens without interference.”

CAF announced on Monday that Azarou has been suspended for a couple of games, therefore missing the return leg of the Champions League final against Esperance in Rades.

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  1. Tomas

    November 10, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    What about the blatant punch from Azarou to the Esperance defender? What about the deliberate dive from Azarou to steal the first penalty? Did you really miss that when watching the highlights? For the record, Azarou was not banned for ripping his shirt, he was banned for violent conduct preceding the ripping of his shirt.
    In the end Ahly blew a 3-1 lead and managed somehow to lose 3-0 in Tunis. Quite embarassing and indicative of the slumping form of Egyptian football, among many other Egyptian socio political and economical malaises.

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