Mixed Reactions Trail CAS CAF Champions League Decision
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
Vice President of Esperance of Tunisia Hecham Jilani, says the club “is happy to be the 2019 Champions League (CL) winners again” after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) nullified the decision of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decision to order a replay of the 2019 final.
On May 31st, Tunisian side Esperance were crowned Champions of CAF CL after Morrocan club Wydad Casablanca refused to continue the game protesting a goal which wasn’t called.
However, the Executive Committee of CAF on June 5th ordered a replay which saw both clubs take the case to CAS.
In its Wednesday’s ruling, CAS insisted that the intervention of the CAF Executive Committee was illegal as it had no jurisdiction.
CAS statement said: “Having annulled the decision of the CAF Executive Committee for formal reasons, it (CAS) has decided to refer to the competent CAF bodies the questions of the replay of the final’s second leg and of the disciplinary procedure, which is currently pending before the CAF and which does not fall within the CAS jurisdiction in the present arbitration procedure.”
Reacting to the judgement, Esperence VP told www.insideworldfootball.com that the club was “happy” his team to be “winners again.” He, however, admitted that the verdict “is not complete and definitive yet” and so would wait till the issue are conclusive after the exhaustion of the CAF judicial process.
On the other hand, Wydad President Said Naciri wants the bodies in charge of making the final decision at CAF to do just that.
Speaking to le360.ma, Naciri said: “I wish the relevant committee will meet as soon as possible and decide this case. I will do my best to defend Wydad’s rights.”