Sundowns issue statement on Al Ahly bus incident

Sundowns issue statement on Al Ahly bus incident

by Staff Reporter

Monday Mar 14, 2022. 14:00

Mamelodi Sundowns insist they will take stern action against those supporters responsible for holding up the Al Ahly convoy ahead of Saturday’s CAF Champions League clash at the FNB Stadium.

The Red Eagles have lodged an official complaint to the match commissioner after they arrived late at the venue as a result of the incident, which forced the bus to take an alternative route.

Pitso Mosimane’s side went on to lose the Group A encounter 1-0 to put their qualification for the quarter-finals in jeopardy as they trail the Brazilians by six points in third place with two games remaining.

Sundowns have launched a probe into the matter and will open a dialogue with the defending champions to get their version of events, which appeared on Al Ahly’s official website on Saturday.

“Mamelodi Sundowns received information concerning the circumstances and the alleged incident that led to Al Ahly being delayed for the match against Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium, in South Africa,” a statement from the Chloorkop outfit read.

“The club has initiated an investigation and has also contacted the South African Police Services to determine the facts and circumstances that resulted in the statement which appears on the Al Ahly website relating in the delay of the Al Ahly convoy at the FNB stadium by certain spectators.

“Mamelodi Sundowns will take strong disciplinary action including preventing irresponsible supporters from attending future matches if the complaints by Al Ahly are factually justified.

“Sundowns has a duty and an obligation to ensure that Al Ahly and any other football club that it hosts are treated with the respect, courtesy and dignity that they deserve.

“Mamelodi Sundowns will also be in contact with Al Ahly to obtain their version of the circumstances concerning this incident.

“Mamelodi Sundowns is committed to maintaining and building its historic relationship with Al Ahly for the long-term benefit and growth of both clubs, their supporters and African Football.”

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