“A defect in the implementation of security rules” .. enough penalties condemn Wydad before |  Arab News

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the imposition of sanctions on Moroccan club Wydad, due to the events of the team’s match against Algeria’s Chabab Belouizdad in the second leg of the African Champions League quarter-final.

Wydad qualified for the final of the African Champions League, after crossing the youth team of Belouizdad in the quarter-finals and then Petro Atletico of Angola in the semi-finals, to meet Al-Ahly in the final match.

The return match between Wydad and Shabab Belouizdad witnessed riots from the Moroccan team’s fans, by throwing some bottles on the field, in addition to the fans storming the field to celebrate their team’s qualification to the semi-finals of the tournament.

And the “K” penalties for the Wydad team were as follows:

1- Wydad club was fined $8,000 for throwing some bottles on the field by its fans.

2- Imposing a fine of $10,000 on the club for fans storming the stadium and not complying with security measures.

3- A reduction in the number of spectators at Mohammed V Stadium, with a maximum of 30,000 spectators, during the semi-finals for non-compliance and application of the current security rules.

4- In the event of non-compliance with these instructions, the Disciplinary Board will automatically impose a penalty for playing without an audience in two matches at home.

These decisions come by “CAF” against the Moroccan club Wydad, amid the crisis revolving around the venue of the African Champions League final, which was decided to be held in Morocco.

The final match of the African Champions League between Al-Ahly and Moroccan Wydad will be held at the Mohammed V complex in Casablanca, amid an objection from Al-Ahly club not to hold the final match on a neutral stadium.

Sufficient penalties came to indicate a defect in the ability to implement the decisions issued by the management of Wydad Club, with regard to organizing matches on the same stadium that will host the final match.

The Confederation of African Football “CAF” did not reveal how the tickets were distributed in the final match, as Lux September, the director of media for the African Union, said: “It has not been settled or decided how tickets will be distributed to the fans in the final match, but it will take place on time, and we are going through this process that It ensures that the match goes according to all the rules and that there is fair competition and transparency.”

Al-Ahly issued a statement regarding the final match in Morocco, indicating that it adheres to its legitimate rights to demand the Confederation of African Football implement many controls for holding the match to ensure a minimum level of justice between the two competing teams.

Al-Ahly closed the curtain on the crisis of the final match by announcing that it would play the final match in any stadium, while continuing the club’s lawsuit before the International Sports Court, to establish justice by holding the match in a neutral stadium.

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