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Match abandoned in Egypt due to crowd trouble

Match abandoned in Egypt due to crowd trouble

20 Jan 2019, 06:00

The CAF Champions League Group C match between hosts Ismaily and Tunisia's Club Africain was abandoned on Friday after sections of the crowd threw water bottles onto the pitch.

The clash had a number of crowd-related stoppages at the Ismailia Stadium before the premature end in stoppage time with Club Africain leading 2-1 and this has been seen as a negative picture to Egypt who was chosen this month as replacement Cup of Nations hosts after Cameroon were stripped of hosting rights due to poor preparation and security concerns.

Lead

Ismaily, who lost their first group match last weekend, took an early lead when Namibian Benson Shilongo converted a low cross but Ghazi Ayadi converted two penalties late in the opening half to turn the game in favor of Club Africain, who also lost their first group game.

The second spot-kick infuriated the crowd as the referee initially awarded a free-kick before altering his decision after consulting with an assistant. Ismaily supporters became increasingly angry as the second half progressed and an assistant referee had to abandon his position with five minutes left after objects were thrown.

With pleas for calm from the coaching staff of the Egyptian club being ignored, the referee called the match off in additional time.

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