Why CAF has fined Sudan's Al Hilal, banned its fans

Why CAF has fined Sudan's Al Hilal, banned its fans

CAF on Tuesday fined Sudanese side Al Hilal and ordered them to play continental matches behind closed doors over crowd trouble during their final CAF Champions game against Al Ahly.

CAF charged the Sudanese for failing to control their fans in their crucial encounter against Al Ahly. Both teams were in line for the last quarterfinal ticket, with Al Hilal needing a win while Ahlyneeded at least a draw. The match ended 1-1 and the Egyptians progressed to the last eight.

During the highly charged encounter, home fans attacked Al Ahly players and match officials. They, at least on two occasions, invaded the pitch and caused stoppages.

CAF announced that the club and one of its officials will be fined a total of $160,000. The club will also play four continental matches behind closed doors. Its official identified as Hassan Mohamed has been as well banned for five continental matches and slapped with a $10,000 fine. 

"Following incidents related to the Total CAF Champions League 2019/20 Match Day 6 between Al Hilal (Sudan) and Al Ahly (Egypt) played on Saturday,1 February 2020, in Omdurman, the CAF Disciplinary Committee met on Tuesday, 4 February 2020, and has decided as follows;
- The referee’s report stated that match ended 1-1, therefore the result of the match is maintained and confirmed
- Al Hilal ordered to play four (4) CAF Interclub matches behind closed doors
- Fine of 100,000 USD imposed on Al Hilal; of which 50,000 USD is suspended on condition that they are not found guilty of a similar offence within one year
- Five match CAF Interclubs ban and a fine of 10,000 USD imposed on Al Hilal official Hassan Mohamed"

The sanctions will start applying in next season's CAF Champions League or Confederation Cup as Al Hilal has been knocked out of African club competitions.