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Libyan club Abu Salim rejects CAF sanctions and decides to appeal


Libyan club Abu Salim revealed its position on the decision of the African Confederation (CAF) Disciplinary Committee, which imposed sanctions on the team due to the events that occurred in its match against Moroccan club Nahdat Berkane in the second leg of the quarter-finals of the African Confederation Cup last season.

The match between Nahdet Berkane of Morocco and its guest Abu Salim of Libya on April 8th at the Municipal Stadium in Morocco witnessed attacks by some of the Libyan team’s players on the Egyptian referee Mohamed Marouf, who granted 14 minutes of stoppage time during which the qualifying goal was scored for the Moroccan team, which won the match with three goals to two.

President of Libyan club Abu Salim: CAF sanctions are unfair

The chairman of the Libyan team, Hussein Al-Naib, considered the sanctions imposed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on his club to be unjust, saying in a special statement to the WinWin website: “The CAF sanctions were unjust to Al-Abani and Al-Amami, and we were subjected to great injustice by the Egyptian referee Mahmoud Marouf, who was the main reason for stopping the team’s progress in the Confederation Cup; as his decisions caused the Moroccan team to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament, and we deserved to qualify.”

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He continued: “We will appeal the CAF sanctions in order to reduce the length of the punishment for Al-Abani and Al-Amami. We will not accept any injustice against the club and we will not give up defending our legitimate rights.”

The CAF Disciplinary Committee decided to suspend Hossam El-Abbani for 8 matches in addition to imposing a fine of $15,000 after he assaulted the Egyptian international referee Mahmoud Marouf. Mossadak El-Ammami was also suspended for 4 matches for insulting the referee.

The Libyan club has the right to appeal the penalty announced by the CAF Disciplinary Committee within a period of only 3 days from the date of issuing the decision.

Abu Salim Club achieved a historic achievement in the Confederation Cup with its former Tunisian coach, Shukri Al-Khatwi, by reaching the quarter-finals in the club’s first participation, but the team will not participate in the competitions for the crowning stage of the Libyan Premier League title, whose matches will start tomorrow, Saturday, in Italy, and therefore will not participate in the African championships next season.



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