Caf Award Champions League To Esperance
By Samuel Victor Akpan
The Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Disciplinary Board has awarded the 2019 Champions League final to Esperance.
In a statement on its website, the Disciplinary Board considered Wydad Club to have lost the match in the final 2nd leg and also fined the club $50,000 for abandoning the game.
Esperance of Tunisia were also fined $50,000 for the use of smoke and projectiles by their supporters and ordered to play her next two interclub matches behind closed doors.
Moroccan side Wydad were fined $15,000 for the use of flares by its fans during the game.
President of the Tunisian club Mohamed Meddeb was also fined $20,000 and issued a warning for unsporting behaviour towards Caf President.
The sanctions on the Tunisian club however have been suspended by the board provided there are no similar offences by the club for the next 12 months.
Esperance had been ordered to return the Caf Champions League trophy and medals in an earlier decision by Caf back in June.
The Tunisian side were level at 1-1 from the first leg final and were up 1-0 in the second before controversy struck with the VAR following a disallowed goal scored by Wydad from the referee.