Egypt side Ismaily are back in the Caf Champions League after a successful appeal against a decision to throw them out.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) had thrown the club out of this year’s competition after their home game with Club Africain was prematurely stopped following fans’ violence.
Caf had considered Chapter XIII article 3 of the Regulations of the competitions states that:
“If the referee is forced to stop the match before the end of the regular time because of invasion of the field or aggression against the visiting team, the host team shall be considered loser and shall be eliminated from the competition, without prejudice to the sanctions existing in the Regulations.
However, in their ruling, they based on the fact that there was no pitch invasion and that the aggression of the visiting team could not be established by the officials’ reports, the match footage; or by any reported incident and thus a decision was taken to see them back.
They are now eligible to play their group matches in which they are pooled along with Club Africain, TP Mazembe and CS Constantine.