Egypt side Ismaily are back in the Caf Champions
League after a successful appeal against a decision to throw them out.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) had
thrown the club out of this year’s competition after their home game with Club
Africain was prematurely stopped following fans’ violence.
Caf had considered Chapter XIII article 3 of the
Regulations of the competitions states that:
“If the referee is forced to stop the match before
the end of the regular time because of invasion of the field or aggression
against the visiting team, the host team shall be considered loser and shall be
eliminated from the competition, without prejudice to the sanctions existing in
However, in their ruling, they based on the fact
that there was no pitch invasion and that the aggression of the visiting team
could not be established by the officials’ reports, the match footage; or by
any reported incident and thus a decision was taken to see them back.
They are now eligible to play their group matches in
which they are pooled along with Club Africain, TP Mazembe and CS Constantine.