The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has disqualified Dolphins Football Club from the 2015 CAF Cup competition and fined the club $2000.
CAF in a statement on Thursday said that after a meeting of the CAF Interclubs Organising Committee, Dolphins stands disqualified after failing to inform the host club and CAF of its arrival date at least two weeks before the game in accordance with article 10.2 of chapter IX of the rules of the competition, which obliges the federation of the visiting team to inform the federation of the host team and CAF of the date of arrival in the capital of the host country at least two weeks prior to the date scheduled for the match. The non-observance of this disposition attracts a fine of $2000.
CAF noted that Dolphins only informed it on March 13, 2015 of it missed its flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos and that they will arrive Tunis on the day of the match but failed to request for a postponement of the match.
CAF said that it asked the officials to delay the match for 30 minutes, but that Dolphins still failed to meet up.
“In view of the above, the Committee did not consider that we were facing a case of force majeure and went on to apply Article 17 of Chapter XI of the regulations, which states: “If for any reason whatsoever, a team withdraws from the competition or does not report for a match-except in case of force majeure accepted by the Organizing Committee – or if it refuses to play or leaves the ground before the regular end of the match without the permission of the referee, it shall be considered loser and shall be eliminated from the competition.”
“Dolphins are thus eliminated without prejudice to other financial sanctions that could be taken by the Committee,” CAF said.