Zamalek punished for Cairo crowd invasion

Egyptian club Zamalek must stage their next two home fixtures in CAF competitions behind closed doors as punishment for a crowd invasion in Cairo this month.

The five-time African Champions League winners were also fined 80,000 USD during a two-day meeting of the African football governing body disciplinary board which concluded in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Hundreds of Zamalek supporters stormed on to the Cairo Stadium pitch after the home team had a stoppage-time goal disallowed for offside in a second round Champions League tie against decade-old rivals Club Africain of Tunisia. Had the goal stood, the Cairo club would have won the return match 3-1 and progressed to the final qualifying round for the lucrative group phase of the premier Pan-African club competition.

The Algerian match officials were jostled and several visiting footballers injured amid mayhem which led to the game being abandoned in stoppage time and Zamalek disqualified.

Former champions Club Africain must pay a 10,000 USD fine because spectators entered the field during the first leg of the North African showdown that finished in a 4-2 victory for the Tunis team.

Enyimba of Nigeria, another club to lift the Champions League trophy, are 20,000 USD poorer as inadequate security led to a pitch invasion during a victory over Gabonese visitors US Bitam.

Aviacao of Angola, Dynamos of Zimbabwe, Kano Pillars of Nigeria, Maxaquene of Mozambique, Mouloudia Alger of Algeria and Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo were fined 5,000 USD each for crowd trouble or violent player conduct.

The Senegalese football federation will also have to transfer 5,000 USD into the Cairo bank account of CAF owing to a mass Dakar pitch invasion following a win over Cameroon last month in a 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.