CAF: Esperance – Wydad Casablanca Champions League final to be replayed
The executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has ordered that the African Champions League final between Esperance du Tunis and Wydad Casablanca be replayed.
Esperance was leading 1-0 on May 31st in the second leg of the final before Wydad Casablanca left the pitch when the would be equalizer was disallowed.
Wydad demanded for the video assistant referee (VAR) to check if the goal should stand but the system was not working. The first leg had ended 1-1 in Morocco.
In a CAF executive meeting held in Paris, France on Wednesday it was decided that although Esperance had been declared champions, the second leg of the final will be replayed.
The committee unanimously decided that the conditions of the game were not met during the 2nd leg which prevented the match from coming to and end. They also decided that the 2nd leg match must be replayed on another ground outside Tunisian territory, while the date and venue of the match will be determined later by the CAf executive committee.
Esperance has been asked to return the trophy and medals awarded to them upon notification of the decision by the CAF executive committee. CAF also made it clear that all other aspects of disciplinary, organization and refereeing will be submitted to the relevant committee for processing and decisions.
The two affected teams are yet to communicate after the CAF executive committee made a decision for a replay.