Morocco’s Fouzi Lekjaa reportedly suspended by CAF for «assaulting» an Ethiopian referee

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CAF's 3rd vice-president Fouzi Lekjaa. / Ph. DR

The Confederation of African Football Disciplinary Committee decided, Tuesday, to suspend CAF’s 3rd Vice-President Fouzi Lekjaa, who is also the President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), after he was accused of «assaulting» Ethiopian FIFA-listed Referee Bamelak Tessema.

The decision was taken after the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) filed a complaint against the Moroccan official, accusing him of «beating» the referee after RS Berkane lost to Zamalek in the CAF Confederation Cup final in Alexandria.

The Disciplinary Committee’s decision took place after a meeting held in Cairo, without hearing the version of the story of the Moroccan official.

The complaint filed by Ethiopian referee. / Ph. DRThe complaint filed by Ethiopian referee. / Ph. DR

A source close to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation confirmed the news to Yabiladi, but said that «the federation has not yet officially received the decision». «To the best of my knowledge, what was reported by the Ethiopian referee is not likely to lead to said decision», the same source said.

«The committee did not hear Faouzi Lekjaa», the same source said, stressing that «after CAF president (Ahmad Ahmad) heard about it, he asked the committee not to publish its decision until it meets again», the same source concluded.

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