Al Ahly-Esperance match director speaks on Azarou incident
The director of Al Ahly game against Esperance de Tunis Hesham Abdel-Wadoud has admitted that he never saw the footage of Walid Azarou’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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