Rabat – CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has commented on the course of the African Champions League final between Morocco’s Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) and Esperance Sportive de Tunis (ES Tunis), saying that the Moroccan team was subject to a refereeing injustice.
He added that “the CAF had an agreement with the VAR company, but at the last moment, we were told that we cannot adopt it for technical reasons.”
According to sources from Royal Moroccan Football Federation FRMF, the CAF Executive Committee will hold an urgent meeting in Paris to discuss the possibility of re-playing the game in a neutral country.
The CAF Champions League final was a disgrace to African football as the referee showed clear partiality to the Tunisian club after refusing a valid goal of WAC on the basis of an inexistent offside.
Subsequently, WAC players requested the referee consult the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) which turned out to have technical issues.
FIFA regulations stipulate, however, that the match should not begin if the VAR is not functional.
As a result, Wydadi players refused to continue the match until the problem was fixed.
After more than an hour of interruption, the referee, Bakari Gassama, declared ES Tunis as the winner of the 2019 Champions League title. This left the African continent and the world in shock.
Today, WAC president Said Naciri has stated that he will exhaust all ways to bring justice to his team.
Naciri declared that he will take the case of the poor refereeing decision to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.