The Confederation of African Football Disciplinary board has suspended Raja Casablanca FC defender Iliass Haddad indefinitely for violent conduct towards a fan during their CAF Champions League clash against TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Saturday.
The decision to suspend Haddad was reached during a disciplinary committee meeting in Cairo on Sunday regarding an incident of confrontation during the said game.
Haddad was captured on video punching a Mazembe fan, after a scuffle between Raja players and a section of Mazembe fans close to the tunnel prior to the start of the game.
“The CAF Disciplinary Board has decided to suspend Iliass Haddad immediately and provisionally until he appears before the Disciplinary Board at the next meeting for an official hearing,” read part of a statement from CAF.
However, further investigations into the matter are to be carried out, and Raja has been ordered to submit their report on the incident by March 15, and club officials together with Haddad will appear before the Disciplinary board for an official hearing.
“Further investigations into the matter at hand are to be carried out,” the statement said.
“Officials of Raja are required to send their report on the incident which took place during the match in question by 15 March 2020 at the latest. Furthermore, they are to appear before the Disciplinary Board at the next meeting for an official hearing,” the statement further read.
Mazembe despite winning the second leg 1-0 were eliminated from the competition 2-1 on aggregate as Raja cruised on to the last four of the competition.
The decision is another blow for Raja as it comes days after their striker Ben Malango was ordered by FIFA to compensate Mazembe USD 300,000 over his disputed move from Mazembe to the Moroccan side.
Malango has been in inspired form for the club since his move in July netting nine times in 27 games for the Green Eagles. He was also slapped with a six-month ban from football, while the club was banned from signing players for two transfer windows.
Mazembe argued that the Congolese striker, who also scored against them in the 2-0 first leg defeat still had more than one year left to run on his contract with the Ravens before departing for Raja for free.
Raja revealed that they ‘purely and simply reject the decision stating that it “takes note of this decision and awaits notification of the full FIFA decision before examining the possible means of redress before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).”