Al-Ahly complain against Walid Azarou suspension and Caf fine ahead of final

Al-Ahly arrived in Tunisia on Tuesday without banned forward Walid Azarou and are protesting against the two-match sanctions

Al-Ahly have requested the Egyptian Fotball Association to submit an official complaint to Caf about the suspesion of striker Walid Azarou.

The 23-year-old Moroccan was on Monday suspended by Caf for unsporting behaviour during last Friday’s Caf Champions League final, first leg against Esperance at he Borg El-Arab Stadium.

Azarou was caught on camera ripping off his shirt in a bid to strengthen an appeal for a foul on him and was also alleged to have punched an Esperance player during the match.

He will now miss the final’s return fixture on Friday in Rades following a two-match suspension slapped on him by Caf.

Having scored eight goals for Al-Ahly in the Champions League this season, the Egyptians feel they cannot afford to lose such a key player leading to a protest gainst  the sanctions on their striker.

“The incident of the shirt ripping is an unsporting behaviour the player was punished for by his club but it’s widespread from all players in the world without them being punished for it,” Al-Ahly said in statement on their official website.

Al-Ahly have also been fined $20 000 and coach Patrice Carteron summoned by Caf for a disciplinary hearing for alleged unsportsmanlike behaviour.

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“Imposing a fine on Al Ahly while the team and its fans have not done what’s worth this punishment. Calling Carteron for a hearing is incomprehensible when he was the one who was subject to assault by a player from the opponent,” further read Al-Ahly’s statement.

Al-Ahly have also alleged that Caf intend to discuss the Tunisian Football Federation request to lift suspensions of the Esperance duo of defender Chamseddine Dhaouadi and Cameroonian midfielder Franck Kom.

The two will miss Friday’s match after accumulating two yellow cards.