Knife-wielding thugs attacked Salem Laoufi, the coach of ASM Oran, as he arrived at the Algerian club’s stadium this week
Knife-wielding thugs attacked Salem Laoufi, the coach of ASM Oran, as he arrived at the Algerian club’s stadium on Friday.
ASM Oran coach Salem Laoufi was attacked on Friday by supporters
Then as members of his squad rushed to protect him yobs ambushed the players in the car park and sprayed them with tear gas.
Shocked Laoufi was driven to hospital by a club official and treated for a series of stab wounds.
He was kept in overnight before being released on Saturday.
Oran are one of Algeria’s oldest clubs, founded in 1935 and were league runners-up in 1991, and cup finalists in 1981 and 1983.
However they have recently slumped into the second division, and fan discontent has grown.
Algerian media reports claim the port city club has fallen into the hands of organised criminals.
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A club source claimed: “This incident is linked to a clash between the coach and the stadium director over the timing of training.
“We suspect the director of organising the attack on Laoufi.”
Oran play at the 20,000-capacity Habib Bouakeul Stadium.
The club is nicknamed El Madrassa – which translates as The School.
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