Monday Sep 16, 2019. 16:00
Esperance can continue to celebrate their success in the 2018-19 CAF Champions League after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) rejected an appeal by Wydad Casablanca of Morocco over the disputed result of the controversial second leg of the final in May.
Wydad had hoped to have a decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board on Aug. 7 overturned after the governing body awarded the trophy to Esperance, claiming the Moroccans had forfeited the game when they refused to play on after a disputed referee decision.
Wydad were left incensed when Walid El Karti’s header was disallowed, a goal that would have leveled the tie at 2-2 on aggregate, their anger exacerbated by the fact that the Video Assistant Referee was not working on the night.
But the CAF Appeals Board found that Wydad were to blame for not completing the game and blamed them for the fracas that followed.
“The match officials’ reports were very clear that the Wydad Athletic Club’s players refused to resume the match even after several attempts conducted by the referee, to the point that the referee waited almost 90 minutes before he whistled the end of the match,” a statement from CAF read.
“Therefore the Appeal Board confirms that the match was forfeited by Wydad Athletic Club because their players refused to resume the match.”
Wydad have yet to indicate whether they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.