Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) canceled the match between Morocco’s Renaissance Berkane and Algeria’s USM Alger as part of the semifinals of the CAF Confederation Cup.

The decision to cancel the match came after the players of Nahda Berkane of Morocco refrained from entering the stadium “July 5” in the capital Algiers to face host USM Algiers, the defending champions, to play the first leg of the semi-finals of the Confederation of African Football Cup, in objection to the Algerian authorities’ seizure of their luggage at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers, including the team’s official shirt.

The Algerian authorities justified their refusal by saying that the Moroccan shirt had a map that did not correspond to the United Nations.

After the intervention of the CAF Club Committee, it notified the Algerian federation of the need to communicate with the relevant authorities to release the CAF approved shirts immediately, before the Algerian federation decided to appeal against the decision.

The appeal committee adopted the decision of the clubs committee, confirming the right of Morocco’s Nahda Berkane to wear his official shirts, which were adopted during the tournament this season.

Although the Moroccan team attended the match and submitted it to its official list, they did not enter the pitch for the match amid the presence of more than 40,000 spectators.

On the other hand, the Algerian team entered the ground and began training on their own a few minutes after the match, while the Moroccan team left the stadium for good about half an hour later.

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