Caf hands down punishments to several top Africa teams

Players of Al Hilal run for shelter
Hilal players had to run for shelter when violence broke out at the Rades Stadium near Tunis, forcing their game against Club Africain to be abandoned

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has sanctioned several high profile African clubs.

Egypt's Al Ahly, DR Congo's TP Mazembe and Morocco's Raja Casablanca have all been punished by Caf's disciplinary committee.

While there are bans from contintental club competition for Wydad Casablanca's coach and one of its players.

Club Africain must play two home continental club matches behind closed doors and pay a fine of US$80,0000.

This is the second time this year that Caf has disciplined teams for incidents during Champions League and Confederation Cup games.

The ban on fans for Club Africain follows a pitch invasion that saw the abandonment of the second leg of their third round African Champions League tie against Sudan's Al Hilal.

It means Club Africain will be in Sunday's draw for the final knockout round of the Confederation Cup.

The bans for the Wydad Casablanca coach and player follow incidents during their 2-0 third round second leg loss in DR Congo to African Champions TP Mazembe.

Abderahmane Msassi has been given a six match ban and fined US$15,000 for spitting at the referee during the game.

Wydad coach Fakherdine Rejhi received a four game suspension and a US$10,000 fine after he was sent to the stands during the match for using abusive language.

Goalkeeper Nadir Lemyaghri will have to pay a fine of US$10,000 for threatening behaviour.

Mazembe did not escape unscathed though - they were fined US$15,000 for a pitch invasion at the end of the game.

Six-time African Champions Al Ahly of Egypt will have to play their first game in the group stages of this year's Champions League behind closed doors.

Ahly will also have to pay US$40,000 for the excessive use of flares that caused their game with Zambia's Zesco United to be stopped and a player to be injured.

Zesco had wanted the third round second leg game, which they lost 1-0, to be replayed.

Algeria's JS Kabylie have been handed a final warning and a US$50,000 fine over the throwing of missiles in their Confederation Cup third round second leg win over Missile FC of Gabon.

This is the fourth time that Kabylie have been in trouble with Caf over the same issue and they will be banned from continental club competitions for a year if they are found guilty again within the next year.

Raja Casablanca were fined US$15,000 for the use of laser beams and flares by fans during their 10-1 thrashing of Chad's Tourbillon in the opening round of the Champions League.

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