CAF CL: Wydad Casablanca plea rejected by CAF Appeal Board
CAF CL: Wydad Casablanca plea rejected by CAF Appeal Board

CAF CL: Wydad Casablanca plea rejected by CAF Appeal Board

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has rejected an appeal from Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca over May's African Champions League final.

The latest decision means that Tunisia's Esperance won the title in May after a controversy in the second leg of the May's Champions League final where Wydad refused to continue playing after a row over the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) system.

Wydad is yet to confirm whether they will be taking another case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) as permitted by the CAF statutes.

Part of the ruling as shown by the BBC noted:"…the Board underlined the fact that the absence of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has no legal effects whatsoever and that its sole purpose is to aid the referee to take the correct decision.

Final Decision

"That the referee is vested with the power to have the final decision on the field of play since the start of the game, and that his decision is not up to review by the Appeal Board.”

Esperance was leading 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) in Saturday's final, which was played over two legs. VAR had been used in the first leg but in the second leg, Walid El Karti's header for Wydad was disallowed for an infringement.

The Appeal Board added that according to CAF's own statutes allow for a case to be lodged directly with Cas before the 25 September.

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