The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have disqualified Algerian club Entete Setif from the Orange/CAF Champions League (CAFCL) following the crowd trouble that marred their Group B clash with Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa on Matchday 1.
This was confirmed via a statement on the official website of CAF on Thursday night. The decision was also explained in the statement which reads: “(The decision was taken) following regrettable incidents that took place during match no. 98 of the 2016 edition of CAF Champions League between ES Setif (Algeria) and Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), whereby the referee was obliged to abandon the said match before its end.”
“Match officials noted especially the pitch invasion as well as numerous throws of missiles, stones, bottles and firecrackers, provoking a certain number of injured spectators and members of the security forces.
“The CAF Organizing Committee for the Inter-Clubs competition decided to apply the provisions of Chapter XII para 3 and considered ES Setif loser and eliminated from the competition without prejudice to any other sanctions that may be imposed by CAF Disciplinary Board.” the. Statement further said.
Entete Setif lost the game 0-2 to Mamelodi Sundowns but they have now been disqualified leaving the South African side, Enyimba and Egyptian side Zamalek in Group B.