The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has on Monday 15 July declared that it will give a ruling on the 2019 CAF Champions League final fiasco by July 31.
The continents football governing body CAF as well as the two teams that contested the final, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Esperance de Tunis of Tunisia, sought the direction of the courts after the second-leg tie of the ultimate match of Africa’s premier club competition played last month, was abandoned with Esperance leading 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.
The match hosted by Esperance in Rades was abandoned with 30 minutes left to play after Wydad players refused to take to the pitch in protest of the unavailability of VAR to rule on the Moroccan team’s equalizing goal that had been disallowed.
TV replays however showed that Walid El Karti was onside when he scored.
The match was halted for close to an hour before the centre referee blew the final whistle, awarding the trophy to Esperance.
CAF would later rule that the match be replayed at a neutral ground after the conclusion of the ongoing AFCON championship. However, the decision was challenged by both teams.
Both Wydad and Esperance want the court to declare CAF’s appeal of having the match replayed as null and void and to declare each team in their respective appeals as the winners of the 2019 CAF CL final.
The Swiss court will deliberate and give a final ruling before the end of the month