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By The Atlas Lions, Jun 5 2019 06:14PM

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The second leg of the African Champions League final will be replayed after a VAR issue led to Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca walking off in protest and Tunisian side Esperance was awarded the victory.


Wydad refused to continue playing because their equalizing goal with around 30 minutes remaining in the second leg was disallowed for offside and no video replay was available. The players had not been told the video system wasn't working.


After a long delay, Esperance was awarded the Champions League title. But that outcome was overturned by the Confederation of African Football executive committee on Wednesday at a meeting in Paris, with the conduct of Esperance denounced.


The game will not be replayed until after the African Cup of Nations finishes on July 19.


The first leg in Morocco ended in a 1-1 draw and Esperance was leading 1-0 in the second when the controversy erupted in the second leg.

By The Atlas Lions, Jun 2 2019 01:08PM

(Xinhua) -- Morocco's Football Association (FRMF) will take the case of the CAF Champions League final between Esperance Tunis (Tunisia) and Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), head of the association, Fouzi Lekjaa, announced Saturday in Rabat.


Speaking at a press briefing at the end of a meeting of the FRMF board, Lekjaa recalled that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has called an Emergency Executive Committee to discuss the regulatory solutions regarding the controversial incidents that took place during the second leg of the final of the CAF Champions League 2018/2019.


During the match played in Tunisia on Friday, Esperance was leading 1-0 after 60 minutes and 2-1 on aggregate when the match was halted as Wydad refused to continue playing because VAR was unavailable to judge a disallowed equaliser.


The CAF President Ahmad Ahmad who attended the final spent almost 30 minutes in discussions with officials in a bid to get the game restarted.


After a 90-minute delay Esperance was declared winner of the CAF Champions League.


Wydad believed that they were the victim of VAR in the first leg of the final in Morocco last weekend, as Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha ruled out a goal by them and was subsequently banned for six months by CAF referee commission which judged his performance was "poor".


"We will not hesitate to make all the appropriate decisions in time for the fairness of the Wydad Casablanca team," Fouzi Lekjaa said.


"It has been shown to the world that Wydad has been subjected twice to a deal that has nothing to do with football and its spirit."

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 29 2019 08:47PM

(Reuters) - Raja Casablanca defender Badr Banoun scored a second-half winner as the Moroccan side beat Tunisia’s more fancied Esperance 2-1 to claim the CAF Super Cup played in Al Rayyan, Qatar on Friday.


African Confederation Cup holders Raja led through Abdelilah Hafidi on 22 minutes, but African Champions League winners Esperance levelled just before the hour-mark with a goal from Algeria international Youcef Belaili.


Raja skipper Banoun netted the decisive goal though with a neat flick past goalkeeper Rami Jridi to claim a second Super Cup for the Moroccan side, who are coached by Frenchman Patrice Carteron.


The Super Cup has been played between the African Champions League holders and the Confederation Cup winners since 1993, and was held outside of the African continent for the first time this year.

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