Esperance de Tunis have been declared the 2019 CAF Champions League winners after the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) disciplinary committee on Wednesday found opponents Wydad Casablanca guilty of abandoning the second leg of the final in May.
This reverses an earlier decision by the CAF executive committee to order a replay of the second leg, in which the Moroccan side refused to play on after a VAR controversy.
Both clubs had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which last week found that the CAF executive committee’s decision was wrong and ordered the case to be heard by CAF’s disciplinary committee.
Wydad Casablanca have been slapped with a $65,000 fine, $50,000 for abandoning the match and $15,000 for supporters using flares while the game was paused.
Meanwhile, Esperance de Tunis President, Mr. Mohamed Meddeb has been fined $20,000 and has received a stern warning for his unsportsmanlike conduct toward CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.
The champions also received a $50,000 fine “for the use of smoke and projectiles” and for “the unsporting behavior of their supporters”, while the disciplinary committee handed a closed-door ban for two matches which has been suspended provide they do not commit such offence within the next 12 months.