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Caf bans Tunisia’s Khenissi for doping as others sanctioned for attacks

CAF handed out multiple punishments to a couple of participating players and teams from the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup following incidents in the quarter-final stages of the tournaments. Espérance de Tunis striker Taha Khenissi is banned for a year due to testing positive for a banned substance following the Tunisian side’s triumph over MC Alger, meaning the Tunisian international will be ineligible to compete in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

MC Alger also had players sanctioned due to the chaos that ensued following the final whistle of their defeat to Espérance. Abdelnour Belkheir and Ahmed Boutagga received red cards during the second leg and have also been banned for a year due to violent conduct by kicking the referee in the leg.

ASC Jaraaf of Senegal also saw two players banned for six matches and a club official banned for two years due to their violent actions following the team’s defeat to Cameroon’s Cotonsport in the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final. Albert Diene and Mamadou Sylla were the players cited as receiving bans and Youssou Dial was the official who faced the stiffer sanction due to them leading a group in verbally and physically assaulting the referee following the match, resulting in the referee suffering head injuries. Jaraaf were also fined $50,000.

BBC Sport Africa has the latest details on the stiff sanctions imposed by Africa’s football governing body.


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