Esperance chairman: First-leg incidents boosted our determination to win
The Tunisian champions claimed the title after overcoming a 3-1 away loss at the hands of Africa’s most successful club Al Ahly to win 4-3 on aggregate as they went on to win their third Champions League trophy in history.
Bennour mentioned the controversial decisions made by the first-leg match referee as the game witnessed dramatic VAR conflicts after three penalties were awarded. Moreover, after the game, Moroccan international Walid Azaro was suspended for tearing up his shirt claiming that the Tunisian defender cut it off during the foul awarded in the penalty area.
“The first-leg incidents boosted our determination to win,” the chairman said in radio comments to Mosaique FM.”I would like to thank the Tunisian FA and the Tunisian government and all the different entities that supported Esperance. We’re glad that we made our fans happy and were up to their expectations. Congratulations to Tunisia.”
Due to these incidents, a wave of extreme anger flew over the Tunisian side Esperance which led to the suspension of Walid Azaro and a huge fine of 20 thousand dollars for the Red Devils. This, in addition to Al Ahly coach Patrice Carteron being called up for an investigation to appear before the Disciplinary Board for a hearing regarding allegations of unsporting behavior.
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