WYDAD TO APPEAL CAF’S DECISION ON CHAMPIONS’ LEAGUE

The dust may not have completely settled on the 2019 CAF Champions League final, which ended controversially. Following the inconclusive return leg match of Esperance of Tunisia and Wydad Athletic of Morocco, the trophy was awarded to Esperance following the refusal of Wydad to continue on the ground of a disputed goal.

CAF days later, reversed itself and ordered a replay. Both teams disputed the decision and filed different appeals at Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

The appeal of Esperance was upheld and ruled as the valid winner of the competition. CAF later accepted the verdict and imposed fine on the Moroccan side.

According to reports from Morocco, Wydad is planning to appeal the decision. The club is however believed not to have the backing of the Moroccan football governing body (FRMF).

The governing body of Moroccan Club Wydad of Casablanca, headed by Said Naciri has decided to appeal the disciplinary ruling made by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday.

Wydad Casablanca has prepared an appeal file claiming the disciplinary board’s decision is invalid. The committee ruled that Wydad “withdrew” from the second leg of the African Champions League final. Wydad claims that they were forced to end the match due to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) not working. 

WAC argue that the disciplinary board is not the body competent to issue a ruling about the case, adding that this falls under the remit of CAF’s Organising Committee for Inter-Club Competitions and Management of Club Licensing Systems. 

In the appeal WAC officials question CAF’s decision to rule in favor of Esperance, saying that the ruling goes against FIFA rules.

Moroccan newspaper Al Massae reported on Friday, that FRMF has withdrawn its support for WAC’s case. There was no FRMF representative present during the CAF meeting, while WAC was represented by president Naciri and a small delegation.

The CAF’s Disciplinary Board decided to rule in favor of the Tunisian club, Esperance de Tunis (EST), declaring WAC loser in the second leg of the Champions’ League final. The ruling, however, contradicts the initial decision to strip EST from the title, ordering the team to return the cup and the medals. 

 

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