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Players suffocated as Tunisian police fire gas bombs into Esperance Stadium

The Egyptian club players were warming up for the match before the Esperance fans went haywire and created chaos with Al Ahly fans.

• June 19, 2021
Al Ahly and Esperance players
Al Ahly and Esperance players players used to illustrate the story

The most successful African Football Club, Al Ahly have seen their players forced out of the stadium by suffocation as a result of the gas bombs fired into the stadium by Tunisian police to control a riot.

Al Ahly were scheduled to play a CAF Champions League match against Tunisia’s Esperance at the latter’s stadium on Saturday.

The Egyptian club players were training and warming up for the match before the Esperance fans went haywire and created chaos with Al Ahly’s fans which led to the Tunisian police firing gas bombs.

The gas bombs according to the Al Ahly press statement was suffocating their players and they were “unable to breathe” which resulted in pulling themselves off the pitch.

The game is the first leg of their knockout CAF Champions League feature against Esperance with the second leg scheduled to also take place at Al Ahly Stadium in a matter of weeks.

An emergency meeting between officials of both teams has been summoned at the Hammadi Agrebi Stadium with a view to rescheduling the match and settling both sides.

CAF has earlier announced that a total of 5,000 fans would be allowed to watch the game from the stands and this as seen has resulted in a riot between fans of both prestigious African teams.

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