CAF Announces CL Final Replay, Strips Esperance Of Title

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Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, has announced that the Champions League final second leg held between Wydad Casablanca and Espérance will be replayed in a neutral venue, understands

The final between the two sides was marred in controversy, as a technical error meant that VAR was not used in the final although this was not told to the management of either side.

CAF has also confirmed that the final will take place In Egypt following the African Cup of Nations in that country , although a stadium has not yet been confirmed.

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

At the centre of 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.

It has been reported that a final on a neutral ground, with results from the previous leg possibly cancelled out.

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