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Tunisian club, Esperance has been sanctioned by CAF following the players and coach’s wrongdoing against the match official during their first leg encounter against Zamalek in the Champions League.

In the match played at the weekend, Zamalek of Egypt won 3-1 at home. After conceding the second goal, Esperance were brought down to 10 men whenr Mohamed Ben Romdhane was shown a red card for his furious objection, along with the rest of the team, against the referee.

The Tunisia giants’ coach Moine Chaabani also had a go at the referee following the full time whistle.

The CAF Disciplinary Board announced on Wednesday a set of punishments against the Tunisian club as a result of that:

  • Four-match suspension imposed on Esperance head coach Mouine Chaabani and fine of 20.000 USD for aggressive behaviour and use of offensive words at the match officials.
  • Four-match suspension imposed on Esperance deputy coach Mejdi Traoui and fine of 50.000 USD for aggressive behaviour towards the match officials, use of offensive language and threats.
  • Six-match suspension imposed on Esperance # 12 Khalil Chamam and fine of 40.000 USD for use of offensive words and spitting on the match officials.
  • Four-match suspensions imposed on Esperance #18 Abderaouf Benguit and fine of 20.000 USD for use of offensive language at the match officials.
  • Fine of 10.000 USD for the use of flares by Esperance supporters.

The return leg is scheduled to be held in Tunisia on Friday, with the hosts required to win with a two-goal difference victory in order to advance in the competition.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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