Players suffocated as Tunisian police fire gas bombs into Esperance Stadium

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.

Al Ahly, Africa’s most successful football club, has had its players pulled out of the stadium due to suffocation as a result of Tunisian police firing gas bombs into the stadium to contain a disturbance.

On Saturday, Al Ahly was set to meet Esperance of Tunisia at the latter’s stadium in the CAF Champions League.

The Egyptian team players were training and warming up for the match when Esperance fans went berserk and caused disorder among Al Ahly supporters, prompting Tunisian police to fire gas bombs.

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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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