The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reacted to the Court of Arbitration of Sports decision to overturn their decision for the replay of the Caf Champions League.

Ismael Kiyonga | Kawowo Sports CAS overturned CAF’s decision for a replay [CAF Media]

The Caf Executive Committee sitting on June 5 had called for a replay of the match between Esperance and Wydad but both clubs appealed to CAS.

Either club wanted CAF to declare them winners after abortion of the second leg in Tunis after Wydad goal was disallowed and the officials couldn’t consider VAR since it was not working.

In a statement, CAF say they will refer the matter to their respective committees.

In reference to the appeals filed by Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco and Espérance Sportive de Tunis of Tunisia against the decision of the CAF Executive Committee taken on 5 June 2019, ordering the replay of the second leg of the Total CAF Champions League 2018/19 final, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 31 July 2019 issued a partial decision…..,” part of CAF’s statement read.

“The CAS Panel annulled the decision of the CAF Executive Committee only for procedural reasons. However, CAF has yet to receive the summarized decision.

“The CAS Panel has decided to refer the case to the competent CAF bodies to apply the appropriate disciplinary sanctions, if any, and accordingly decide whether the second leg of the Total CAF Champions League 2018/19 season shall be replayed or not.

“In this regard, CAF announces that the competent bodies will meet shortly to decide on the case and details will be communicated in due course.

CAF had declared Esperance winners after the fracas and later annulled the result although the Tunisia side was leading 2-1 on aggregate.


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