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Protests in Tunisia following CS Chebba's ban over incomplete membership application

Protests and demonstrations take place in Tunisian town Chebbah following the team’s relegation from League 1 over an incomplete membership application.

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Protests in Tunisia following CS Chebba's ban over incomplete membership application
BECHIR TAIEB AFP

Tunisian town Chebba has witnessed a wave of protests following the suspension of League 1 team Croissant Sportif de Chebba's activity and the one-year ban handed to the club by the Tunisian Federation, due to their incomplete membership application.

The Tunisian Football Federation governing body met on Saturday and decided to freeze the club's membership and relegate the club to the fourth division, due to their incomplete membership application and their procrastination in paying off the due financial penalties imposed on the club.

Therefore the federation's bureau decided in accordance with articles 25, 29, and 31 of the general regulations of the FTF to punish the club by freezing its membership in League 1, relegate CS Chebba's to the fourth division, in addition to banning the club from participating in any event for 2020-2021 season.

In response to the Tunisian Federation's resolutions, the small-town of Chebba has seen immense chaos and riots as a result of the demonstrations held by the fans condemning the decisions and deeming them unfair.

Hundreds of fans have taken to the streets of the town blocking the roads connecting it to neighboring areas with some of them setting fire to car tires, to express their anger and condemnation.

The town's mayor steps down

Meanwhile, the town's mayor Hussein Al-Nassri resigned from his position as he described these decisions as shocking and aggravating.

On his side, the club's president Taoufik Mkacher said that his club has paid the price for refusing to submit to the authority of the Federation's president Wadie Jary, pointing out that such a punishment is unprecedented in football and will serve to sabotage the ambition of all young people playing football in the town.