CAS overturns Total Champions League final replay decision
By Hussein Rajab
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday overturned the CAF Champions League final replay that had been decided by the executive Committee of Africa’s football body.
“The CAS Panel in charge of this matter has considered that the CAF Executive Committee did not have jurisdiction to order that the second leg of the final be replayed and has decided to annul the decision challenged,” said the ruling.
Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco) and Espérance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia) lodged complaints concerning the decision issued by the Executive Committee of the African Football Confederation (CAF) on 5 June 2019 in which they were ordered to replay the second leg of the CAF Champions League Final 2018/2019 on neutral ground.
After the ruling on Wednesday, the appeals of both clubs are therefore partially upheld for that reason. “It is now for the competent CAF authorities to review the incidents which occurred in the Radès stadium on 31 May 2019, to order the appropriate disciplinary sanctions, if any, and accordingly to decide whether the second leg of the CAF Champions League Final 2018/2019 shall be replayed or not,” added the ruling.
During the second lef final Esperance were leading 2-1 on aggregate and decalred champions initially. Wydad had a goal disallowed and left the pitch because VAR was not working.