Wydad appeal over CAF 2019 Champions' final dismissed by CAS

Friday 1442/2/1 - 2020/09/18
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Lausanne, Sep 18, 2020, SPA -- Moroccan club Wydad Athletic's appeal against their forfeiting of the second leg of the 2019 African Champions League final, which saw the trophy awarded to Esperance of Tunisia, was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport here on Friday, Reuters reported.
Wydad had hoped to overturn the Confederation of African Football (CAF) disciplinary board's ruling that handed the trophy to Esperance after players from the Moroccan club abandoned the game over a disputed refereeing decision.
After the first leg in Morocco finished 1-1, Esperance were leading 1-0 in their home fixture when Walid El Karti's header for Wydad was disallowed.
The situation was exacerbated by a non-functioning Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, but the CAF Appeal Board ruled that Wydad had forfeited the match by walking off the pitch and CAS, sport's highest court, upheld that decision.
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