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CAS rejects Wydad’s appeal, Esperance keeps its trophy

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 18, 2020

It may be the end of a soap opera which does not necessarily do honor to African football, that of the Champions League final between Esperance Tunis and Wydad Casablanca. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected the appeal filed by the Moroccan club concerning the return leg of this heated double confrontation. That day, May 31, 2019 (or rather in the middle of the following night), the Tunisians were presented with the trophy after a meeting that was interrupted for a long time due to a VAR problem, video assistance to arbitration. This coronation of Blood and Gold had been confirmed by the African Football Confederation after some hesitation.

“Hope remains the winner …”

” Consequently, Esperance Sportive de Tunis remains the winner of the Champions League of CAF 2018/2019, writes the arbitration court based in Switzerland. The CAS formation established in particular that the decision of the WAC players not to resume the game after the interruption of the second leg final in the 59th minute of the match was indeed an abandonment within the meaning of article 148 of the Disciplinary Code of CAF […] “. As a reminder, a long legal standoff between the Wydadi club and CAF.

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