CAS revokes CAF decision to replay African Champions League final

CAF Champions League.
CAF Champions League.

Paris - The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday overruled an African Football Confederation decision to replay the abandoned Champions League final between Esperance and Wydad Casablanca.

CAF last month ordered the second leg to be replayed at a neutral venue following the Africa Cup of Nations after Moroccan side Wydad walked off an hour into the return fixture in Tunis when a VAR malfunction meant a disallowed equaliser could not be reviewed.

Tunisia's Esperance, who led 2-1 overall at the time, were initially handed the title, but CAF later backtracked after determining that "playing and security conditions were not met". Both clubs subsequently lodged appeals with CAS.

But CAS on Wednesday ruled that the executive committee of CAF "did not have jurisdiction" to order that the game be replayed.

CAS said it was now up to "competent CAF authorities", without giving further details, to "order the appropriate disciplinary sanctions, if any, and accordingly to decide whether the second leg... shall be replayed or not".

Requests by Wydad to be named champions and granted the winners' paycheck were rejected, with CAS adding that Esperance's appeal would be investigated at a later date.

The on-field fiasco prompted CAF to reduce both the Champions League and Confederation Cup finals from two legs to one match at a neutral venue from next season.

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 7894 votes
Cricket
11% - 1977 votes
Football
19% - 3609 votes
Athletics
2% - 464 votes
Boxing
1% - 172 votes
Cycling
2% - 444 votes
Golf
5% - 922 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1568 votes
Tennis
3% - 627 votes
Water sports
1% - 168 votes
American sports
1% - 220 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 573 votes
Vote