CAF ban players, official for assaulting match officials

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The CAF Disciplinary Committee has delivered a verdict on three matters.

The DC has suspended ASC Jaraaf official Youssou Dial for a period of two years from all football activities and two players for six matches following an incident that happened in Dakar where a match official was assaulted in a Total CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal fixture between Senegalese club, ASC Jaraaf and Coton Sport of Cameroon on 23 May 2021.

After the final whistle, officials of the club, led by Mr Dial and some players including Albert Diene and Mamadou Sylla charged towards the match officials and physically and verbally assaulted them on the field. The referee was seriously wounded with head injuries.

The CAF Disciplinary Committee decided to:

Suspend Mr Youssou Dial from all football-related activities for a period of two years.

The two players Mamadou Sylla and Albert Diene are suspended for their next six CAF interclub matches.

The club has been fined 50 000 US Dollars for the aggressive behaviour and improper conduct of the officials and players.

Two MC Alger players Abdelnour Belkheir and Ahmed Boutagga have also received 12 months ban for assaulting a match official during the Total CAF Champions League fixture between MC Alger and Wydad of Morocco.

Following the final whistle, Belkheir and Boutagga physically attacked the referee by kicking him in the leg. A red card was issued for violent conduct by the referee.

The CAF DC ruled:

To suspend Belkheir and Boutagga for a period of twelve months. The two players are suspended from taking part in all competitions organized by CAF, in particular interclub competitions as well as competitions with national teams. CAF has also imposed a fine of $25,000 on MC Alger for the unseemly and regrettable conduct against the referee of the match in question. The fine must be paid in dollars within 60 days of notification of the decision.

The CAF DC has also suspended Taha Yassine Khenissi of Esperance de Tunis for a period of twelve months from the date of the provisional suspension, 19 May 2021, for violating anti-doping rules.

Khenissi had tested positive for a WADA prohibited substance during the Total CAF Champions League between MC Alger and Esperance of Tunisia on 10 May 2021.

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By FARPot Reporter

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