Restrictions set on crowds for African Champions League final

  • Spectator numbers for Sunday's African Champions League final in Tunis have been restricted to 35,000 due to fears of stadium violence and civil unrest.

    Home side Esperance are set to win the title for a second consecutive year in the second leg against Al Ahli of Egypt at the Rades Stadium. The first leg in Cairo ended 1-1.

    Tunisia's Interior Ministry, which has limited most professional soccer over the last year, has granted permission for the selling of tickets for just over half the ground’s official capacity of 65,000.

    Egyptian authorities also allowed a restricted crowd to attend the first leg.

    Tunisian soccer fans have been allowed to watch internationals and some Champions League group games. However, all of last season’s league matches were played inside locked stadiums following a spate of stadium violence.

    The 'Arab Spring' gripped Tunisia nearly two years ago and restrictions are still in place at matches for fear of a reprisal in civil unrest.