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Fifa rules in favour of TP Mazembe in Caf Champions League dispute

Fifa’s Dispute Resolution Chamber has ruled in favour of TP Mazembe following their disqualification from the 2010-11 Caf Champions League for allegedly fielding an ineligible player during the competition.

The management of the Congolese club announced the DRC’s decision on Sunday and promised to take the necessary actions for the team’s total rehabilitation.

“We were notified of the Dispute Resolution Chamber’s decision a day ago, which gave us victory in our case against Caf for disqualifying us from last year’s Champions League,” a spokesman for the two-time African champions told reporters in their Lubumbashi base.

“The notification is without any ambiguity. The complaint of Esperance Tunis against us was simply rejected by the DRC. After the chamber’s official announcement of the decision, we will take all necessary actions for the total rehabilitation of our team and will tell the world that we were unjustly treated,” he added.

Mazembe were ejected from last year’s campaign after Moroccan club WAC Casablanca lodged a complaint to Caf against the Corbeaux for fielding defender Janvier Besala Bokungu, who was allegedly still contracted to Esperance Tunis.

The 2010 Fifa Club World Cup finalists could not convince Caf that the 23-year-old player had officially terminated his engagement with the Blood & Gold before moving to Lubumbashi.