CAF Order Replay of Champions League Final After Emergency Meeting

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has ordered that the CAF Champions League final second leg between Wydad Casablanca and Esperance de Tunis be replayed at a neutral venue.

Esperance retained their title as African champions last Friday in a controversial manner as the game was abandoned by Wydad, who refused to continue the fixture after a legitimate goal was ruled out for off-side.

At the center of the controversy was the Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) technology which was set to be used for the final – but was unable to be accessed due to technical issues at the Stade Olympique de Radès.

The recently crowned Botola champions have since taken the matter up to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration of Sport before CAF announced that an emergency meeting would take place to discuss the outcome of the fixture.

Now it’s been claimed that ‘90% of the executive committee’ voted for the final tie to be replayed as “security obligations” weren’t fulfilled by the hosts and Esperance have since been stripped of their title. While CAF are yet to make an official announcement, it has been reported that a final on neutral ground, with results from the previous leg also possibly canceled out.