The Moroccan Sports Club Al-Raja, submitted an official protest to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), calling for an urgent investigation against Algerian referee Ibrahim Lahlou, who directed the team’s match against Senegalese Toungit in the 32nd round of the African Champions League.
Raja had bid farewell to the African Champions League competition, after losing to the Senegalese club on the pitch of Mohammed V Stadium in penalties, after tied without goals.
Raja said in his statement that the match referee insisted on holding the match despite the difficult weather conditions that the city of Casablanca lived through, and the referee continued to miscalculate when he refused to grant Raja a legitimate and clear penalty kick.
The management of the Moroccan club took the initiative to send a letter of protest to Casa Event, which is responsible for managing the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca, due to the disastrous condition of the stadium, which contributed to the club’s exclusion from the African Championship after losing by penalties.
And some Moroccan sources had revealed that the Raja administration addressed the Confederation of African Football (CAF), in order to replay the Senegalese Toungit match, which resulted in the Moroccan team leaving the Confederation Cup.
Saeed Wehbe, the official spokesperson for Raja, had confirmed that the referee did not protect the players under these circumstances, stressing that the club management will take every way to protect the club and we trust in CAF.