The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has fined Egyptian football club al-Ahly $20,000 and banned the team’s fans from watching four continental, Al-Ahram newspaper reported on Sunday.
The decision came after Ahly fans threw fireworks onto the football field as the team played a game against Kenya’s Tusker. Ahly ended up winning by 2 goals to 0 in early April.
Playing without fans is not a severe punishment by CAF given the fact there is already a domestic ban in Egypt due to football hooliganism.
Earlier this month the Egyptian club Zamalek was handed a $4,400 fine for allowing fans into a league game and defying security orders, reported Reuters.
Fans being banned from league games is due to last year’s stadium riots in Port Said, when 74 people were killed at a match between Al Masry and visiting Ahly.
Ahly is preparing to host Tunisia’s CA Bizertin in the second leg of the African Champions league round of 16 on May 5, 2013, the newspaper said.