Etoile thrown out of ACL due to fan violence

Tunisian team Etoile Sportive du Sahel has been thrown out of

the African Champions League after its fans forced a match to be

abandoned by throwing projectiles and invading the pitch earlier

this month.

The African Football Confederation announced the punishment in a

statement.

Etoile was losing 2-0 to Esperance in the Aug. 18 game in

Sousse, 100 miles (150 kilometers) south of Tunis, when fans began

pelting the pitch with rocks, bottles and firecrackers. They then

stormed the field, forcing the referee to halt the match in the

67th minute.

CAF cited Article 7 of the rules of competition dealing with fan

behavior to justify its decision in its statement.