Kef punishes Esperance and Etoile and fines Sfaxien for Pyramids


The Disciplinary Council of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) issued its sanctions against the trio of Tunisian clubs Esperance, Etoile, CS Sfaxien and Moroccos Renaissance Berkane for their latest matches in the African Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Esperance and Etoile will participate in the third group of the African Champions League (Esperance qualifiers), while Sfaxien and Nahdet Berkane will participate in the first and fourth groups – respectively – in the Confederation Cup.

* The events of the Esperance match and Etoile witnessed misconduct by the fans of the two clubs, and Esperance was accused of misconduct by its fans in its match against Etoile du Sahel, which took place on February 26, 2022 and March 12, 2022.

Given that Esperance had previously received a suspended sentence for committing a similar incident during the CAF Champions League semi-finals for the 2020/2021 season against Al-Ahly (Egypt), the Disciplinary Board decided:

The team was prevented from attending its fans in two matches (played behind closed doors), and therefore Esperance will play its next two matches in the CAF club competition against Algeria’s Chabab Belouizdad (April 2, 2022) and the quarter-final match at home.

Imposition of a fine of twenty thousand US dollars.

*As for Etoile du Sahel, he was also convicted of misconduct by his fans during the Esperance match on March 12, 2022.

Accordingly, the Disciplinary Board decided the following:

Playing a match without fans.. The match in question is their group stage match against Gwaneng Galaxy (Botswana) scheduled for April 1, 2022.

Imposition of a fine of 10 thousand US dollars.

As for Nahdet Berkane, the team owed Magrabi for the misconduct of their fans during its match against Simba (Tanzania) in the Confederation. Accordingly, the following was decided:

The CAF Discipline Board imposed a fine of $8,000.

The team was also convicted of misconduct after Mr. Madryn – the club official – stormed the stadium and incited his players and officials to join him in protesting and attacking the referee in the aforementioned match.. Accordingly:

It was decided to suspend the official of the Moroccan team for a period of twelve (12) months from any football activity related to the Confederation of African Football.

Imposition of a fine of 100,000 US dollars for the aggressive behavior of the Moroccan club official.

As for Tunisias CS Sfaxien, the club was found guilty of misconduct by its fans during the Confederation Cup match against Pyramids (Egypt) on March 13, 2022.

Accordingly, the Disciplinary Board imposed a fine of $16,000.


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