In the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-final between Al-Ahli and Raja Casablanca, a highly controversial penalty was awarded to an Egyptian club for a handball by a defender who touched the ball of the tibia.
Strange situation in Africa. On the occasion of the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-final between Al-Ahli and King Casablanca, a major controversy broke out over the success of the Egyptian club (2–1). While the score is 0–0 in the 10th minute of play, referee Jean-Jacques Nadala is challenged by a VAR truck to a controversial position. After watching, he gives a penalty to Al-Ahli by showing a hand gesture under the surprised gaze of the Moroccan Formation players.
A fault of the tibia…
However, the defender touched the ball with the shin. With various slow motion transmissions, it is difficult to know whether the leather touched the offender’s fingers. Nevertheless, Amr El Soliya converted the penalty (1–0, 13th) before Hossein El Shahat doubled the score with an assist from South Africa’s Percy Tau (2–0, 23rd). A reduction in the gap by Mohamed Zrida (2-1, 45th) left King’s players alive despite being outnumbered during the last half hour.
The Moroccan team will have a chance to beat in their return match at home next Friday. In the other quarter-finals, ES Cétif and Tunis could not settle (0–0), while Petro Luanda and Vuadad Casablanca have a one-goal lead before the return matches against Sundowns and Belouizdad.