Egyptian club Ismaily SC has been disqualified from the 2018/2019 Total CAF Champions League due to crowd violence.
According to the statement posted on CAF’s official website, Ismaily SC fans threw bottles and stones at the assistant referee and the visiting team when they played Club Africain of Tunisia on January 18th at Ismailia Stadium.
The statement was issued by the Egyptian Football Association Executive Manager Swarat Swelam on January 23rd in Cairo.
According to CAF’s regulations, such acts are subject to disqualification, once the team is found guilty.
The anti-football act happened in the 86th minute of the game, when Ismaily fans decided to throw bottles and stones as Club Africain were attempting to take a corner.
The referee was forced to stop the game so that the situation could get back to normal but it didn’t yield anything.
After several failed attempts to restart the game, the referee decided to call off the game, the players and match officials were escorted to the dressing room by security personnel.
The overall result of the match in which both teams participated was also cancelled out as the law states.
Ismaily was in Group C of the competition with CS Constantine, TP Mazembe and Club Africain.
Constantine is at the top of the three team group with six points, followed by Club Africain and TP Mazembe with both teams yet to get any point.