Esperance to continue with celebrations despite CAF ban
CAF Champions League defending champions Esperance will be continuing with the club's centenary celebrations despite being punished by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The Tunisia side will have to play their next two African Champions League matches behind closed doors with the news of the ban coming on the eve of the day the club marks its centenary.
Esperance has been sanctioned for the behavior of their fans ahead of the second leg of last year's Champions League final against Egypt's Al Ahly; the club having been put on probation by CAF after problems during the second leg of their semi-final against Primeiro de Agosto of Angola.
There has been no official response from the club to the ban as they celebrate 100 years since the club was founded but the CAF ban should have a minimal effect on the club as they are not able to play at home at the moment as the Rades Stadium near Tunis is being redeveloped.
The club’s ticket holders are adopting the club president Hamdi Meddeb's suggestion of an "everyone-or-no-one policy" many fans have not been attending recent matches at neutral venues and it was exhibited when they played the recent derby match against fierce rivals Club Africain in Monastir in a practically empty stadium.
They will be playing their upcoming games at the El Menzah stadium in Tunis, with the hardcore fans having already said they would not be attending even before the CAF sanction.