FIFA have suspended Congolese international Trésor Mputu Mabi - captain of continental champions TP Mazembe – from local and international events for a period of 12 months, while his team-mate Guy Lusadisu got an 11-month sanction, according to TP Mazembe media secretariat.
Both players had been implicated in match incidents last May in Rwanda during the semi-finals between RPA and TP Mazembe of the Kagame Inter-Club Cup – a Fifa-recognised tournament played by clubs from East and Central Africa.
Following a Mazembe’s goal disallowed by the referee in the 34th minute, the players, led by Mputu, had allegedly harassed the match officials, leading to the cancellation of the encounter, and the expulsion of the Congolese entire team by the Rwandan authorities that same evening.
The situation had been reported to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which have sanctioned the players last month, and now Fifa are rolling out their judgment.
Mputu and Lusadisu are important players for their club TP Mazembe and national team - The Leopards of DR Congo, who are participating in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches. Their absence may be felt by both formations.
Mputu was named Glo-CAF's Best African Player on the continent in 2009.