CAF Appeal Committee Rejects Algeria's Appeal, Confirms Renaissance Berkane's Right to Wear Official Jerseys

The CAF Appeal Committee upholds Renaissance Berkane's right to wear jerseys with a map of Morocco, rejecting Algeria's appeal and highlighting the ongoing political tensions between the two countries over Western Sahara.

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CAF Appeal Committee Rejects Algeria's Appeal, Confirms Renaissance Berkane's Right to Wear Official Jerseys

CAF Appeal Committee Rejects Algeria's Appeal, Confirms Renaissance Berkane's Right to Wear Official Jerseys

The 2024 CAF Appeal Committee has rejected the Algerian Football Federation's appeal and confirmed Renaissance Berkane's right to wear their official jerseys in the CAF match. The jerseys display a map of Morocco, including the contested Western Sahara area, which has been a source of tension between Algeria and Morocco.

The dispute began when Algerian customs officials seized Berkane's jerseys upon their arrival in Algiers, detaining the team at the airport before allowing them to proceed to their hotel. The CAF Interclubs Committee had initially approved Berkane's use of the jerseys, finding them to be within the framework of the Total Energies Confederation Cup 2023/2024.

The Algerian Football Federation appealed the decision, but the CAF Appeal Committee upheld the initial ruling, confirming Berkane's right to wear their official jerseys in the match. The semi-final first leg match between USM Alger and Renaissance Berkane was scheduled to take place on Sunday, but Berkane remained in their dressing room, seemingly in protest against the jersey issue, causing the match's cancellation.

Why this matters: The CAF Appeal Committee's decision has significant implications for the ongoing political tensions between Algeria and Morocco over the Western Sahara region. The ruling also highlights the importance of adhering to established regulations and maintaining fairness in international football competitions.

The CAF has yet to make an official statement regarding the situation and the consequences of the match cancellation. Renaissance Berkane's president, Hakim Benabdallah, stated, "We are satisfied with the CAF's decision to uphold our right to wear our official jerseys. We hope that this issue can be resolved amicably, and we can focus on the competition at hand." The fate of the cancelled match and the progression of the teams in the CAF Confederation Cup remains uncertain pending further decisions from the governing body.

Key Takeaways

  • CAF Appeal Committee rejected Algeria's appeal, allowing Berkane's jersey with Morocco map.
  • Algerian customs seized Berkane's jerseys, causing match cancellation between USM Alger and Berkane.
  • CAF ruling has implications for political tensions between Algeria and Morocco over Western Sahara.
  • Berkane satisfied with CAF decision, hopes for amicable resolution to focus on competition.
  • Fate of cancelled match and teams' progression remains uncertain pending further CAF decisions.