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CAF To Investigate Assault On Referee

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is probing violent behavior by footballers and officials of Senegalese club ASC Jaraaf toward a referee during a CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final second leg match in Thies.

Malian gaffer Boubou Traoré had to run for his dear life after the final kick of the game as he was repeatedly pushed by players furious at his decisions during the match.

Senegalese TV showed Jaraaf players hitting the referee on the side of the face in Thies before being led from the field by security officials.

ASC Jaraaf won the match against Coton Sport of Cameroon 2-1 but they were bundled out of the competition having lost 1-0 in the first leg played in Garoua.

CAF General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba condemned the attack on the match official and stated that they reviewing the incident and awaiting the match officials’ report.

“These acts of incivility cannot be tolerated. They have no place in our football, but unfortunately they tend to become widespread on the pitch. CAF reserves the right to revise, upwards, the scales of sanctions for these acts,” he declared.

Coton Sport will meet JS Kabylie in the CAF Confederation Cup semi-final first-leg match on June 20 at the Roumde Adija Stadium in Cameroon.

In the other semifinal, Raja Casablanca and Pyramids FC will renew their rivalry in the Caf Confederation Cup.

The two teams will meet for the third and fourth time in the 2020-21 season with the winner to play in the final of this season’s tournament.

It is worth noting that is not the first time that Traore’s officiating has been questioned as he was once reported by Kenya’s Gor Mahia for questionable officiating in 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup Group D match against Hussein Dey.

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