Esperance to host Bucs in empty stadium
Posted: 15 January 2019 Time: 09:15
Orlando Pirates will play defending CAF Champions League champions Esperance in an empty stadium when they meet in the group stages next month.
CAF announced on Monday night that Esperance were being punished for their fans’ behaviour in last year’s Champions League final against Al Ahly, so they will play two matches behind closed doors.
The Tunisian giants beat eight-time winners Al Ahly 4-3 on aggregate, completing a stunning comeback after they lost the first leg 3-1. Ahead of the second leg against the Egyptian powerhouse in Rades, the home team supporters attacked the Al Ahly bus as it was heading to the match venue.
The other game Esperance are due to play behind closed doors will be against Zimbabwean side FC Platinum this weekend.
This is a big setback for Esperance, who won’t have their intimidating fans, who try to disrupt the opposition with lazers while also lighting up flares, rallying behind them on match day.
Their opponents will have one less thing to worry about when they visit Tunisia.