Mamelodi Sundowns Chairman Thlopane Motsepe has written a letter to Mahmoud El Khatib, Al Ahly president, in a bid to provide details about the incident that preceded their CAF Champions League group stage match on Saturday at the FNB stadium.
In the letter posted on Al Ahly's website Motsepe seemed to exonerate his club's supporters and mentioning that from the information they received, the actual cause of the Al Ahly team bus delaying to get to the stadium was a result of a traffic jam.
It was reported with Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane also confirming that Sundowns' fans blocked the route the Al Ahly team bus was supposed to use to access FNB Stadium thereby forcing it to change it's route and causing them to delay to get to the stadium.
In a bid to mend relations between the two clubs the chairman of Sundowns wrote a letter and it reads:
Dear President El Khatib,
I hope you and everyone at Al Ahly SC are keeping well.
The preliminary information that we received, indicates that the delay was caused by a traffic jam on the road leading to FNB Stadium where spectators joined the Al Ahly convoy while it was traveling to the stadium.
Sundowns has a duty and an obligation to ensure that Al Ahly is treated with the respect, courtesy, and dignity that it deserves.
Mamelodi Sundowns is committed to maintaining and building its historical relationship with Al Ahly for the long-term benefit and growth of both clubs, their supporters, and African football.
We wish you and Al Ahly everything of the best.
Following the incident, Sundowns issued a press statement stating that they had initiated an investigation with the help of the South African Police Services. They also highlighted that disciplinary action including preventing irresponsible supporters from attending future matches.
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