Tunisia close doors on fans

2012-08-21 15:32

Johannesburg - The remainder of the Tunisian domestic league will be played behind closed doors following fan riots during the weekend clash between ES Sahel and Esperance Tunis.

Karim Aouadhi had put Esperance 1-0 up at Sousse when fans stormed the pitch to protest an apparent off-side that was missed by both the referee and his linesmen.

The encounter had to be stopped for around 12 minutes in order for the supporters to settle back in their seats, but Yanick N'jeng's goal to make it 2-0 saw the entire stadium erupt into chaos as the majority of spectators flooded the field to confront the match officials.

Local police eventually had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd, although the match was abandoned due to safety concerns.

"The match incident at Sousse is very regrettable, consequently, the ministry of sports has decided to conclude the season without the presence of the public at the different stadiums to avoid further commotion," Jalel Tekaya, adviser of the country's minister of sports, told SuperSport.

The remainder of the league season will now be played in front of empty stadiums in a bid to avoid any further confrontations.