All hell broke loose in the African continent as the CAF Champions League quarter-finals took place leading to multiple clashes with security and even a death of a fan. Talking about the first incident, there was a massive altercation among supporters during the quarterfinal between Esperance and Algeria’s JS Kabylie in Tunis, Tunisia.
This crowd trouble also led to a 40-minute delay to the second half as Esperance fans clashed with Tunisian security forces. Further, these fans lit up fireworks on the terraces at half-time during the match at Rades Stadium. Firefighters were called out to stop these small fires in front of the stands.
Algerian fans also complained that they had been subjected to unjustified attacks by security forces. The match ended in a 1-1, draw but Esperance progressed to the semi-finals 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-0 victory in the first leg.
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Then at another game in Morocco, between Al-Raja Club Athletic and Al-Ahly, a horrific incident occurred as a 29-year-old woman lost her life. She passed away in a stampede as thousands of fans tried to get into the ground in an attempt watch to watch this match which eventually ended 0-0.
Addressing this incident, Al-Raja Club Athletic released a statement and extended their condolences to the family of the deceased. The statement said, “Aziz El Badrawy, President of Al-Raja Club Athletic, in his name and on behalf of all members of the club, extends his deepest condolences to the family of the fan, Noura, who passed away before our team’s match against Al-Ahly.”