Petro de Luanda have asked their fans to remain calm following reports that the club has been suspended for two years over allegations of match fixing.
The suspension by the Angolan FA has put the team’s participation in the African Football League (AFL) in jeopardy.
In a statement released over the weekend, the club said it had launched an appeal over the suspension.
“Atlético Petróleos de Luanda hereby announces that it has become aware of the content contained in Official Communiqué no. 31/SG/23 of 31 August of the Angolan Football Federation (FAF) which, with immediate effect, as a result of the deliberation of the Council of Discipline (CD), suspends our association from all football activities for a period of 2 (two) years,” said the club’s statement.
It added:”Atlético Petróleos de Luanda vehemently repudiates the decision made by the CD, due to the lack of facts and legal grounds for its application.
“Therefore, we ask the Tricolor Nation, sports lovers and the general public to remain calm and calm, as the competent appeal will be presented to the FAF jurisdictional body.”
The club also denied that it had refused to co-operate with the authorities over the matter.
“We would like to highlight that at no time did APL refuse to collaborate with CD/FAF and, in fact, everything was done to meet its requests. Proof of this are the communications exchanged between the two institutions, which attest to their willingness to cooperate.”