MC Alger Now Staring At CAF Ban After Scuffle In Casablanca
MC Alger could find themselves in trouble with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after allegedly badgering Botswana referee Joshua Bondo during the CAF Champions League quarterfinal elimination by Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in Casablanca on Saturday.
CAF will assess the closed circuit cameras and peruse the referee’s match reports at Stade Mohamed V with a view of taking appropriate disciplinary action on the Algerian side for descending on the referee over alleged bias.
During the fateful match, Wydad captain Walid El-Karti scored in injury time as his side squeezed to the semi-finals with a 1-0 win on the night and on a 2-1 aggregate win over Alger.
As the match ended, a section of agitated MC Alger players are said to have confronted Bondo, pushing and shoving him with the bone of contention being “allowing Wydad to over celebrate the winning goal.”
The decision was hotly disputed by Alger, whose players pushed the referee around before he issued straight red cards to goalkeeper Ahmed Bouttaga and Abdenour Belkheir.
“The situation after the game was not good, the players were angered by the referee’s decision allow Wydad players to over celebrate the goal on and were also not happy the game was ended immediately,” a source told Ducor Sports on Monday.
“The referee later promised to give all the details to CAF and I am sure the club will be fined and banned, I don’t think CAF is going to spare us, we have to wait and see but the referee was not happy after the game.”
MC Alger will now shift their focus to fight for the Algeria Ligue One title and also win the domestic cup.