The fate of the controversial Champions League final between the WAC and the East will soon be sealed.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will rule on the appeals lodged by the WAC and L’EST, at the latest on 31 July, on the decision rendered on 5 June last by the CAF Executive Committee ordering the two clubs to replay the return match of the final on neutral ground.
A CAS statement issued on Monday highlights that in its appeal, Wydad’s main request was that the contested decision be annulled and that he be awarded the title of winner of the 2018/2019 Champions League and the prize in the event of victory.
The Tunisian club also requests, also as a main point, that the decision of the CAF Executive Committee of 5 June be declared null and void, to be declared the winner of the Champions League, to be able to keep the trophy and medals awarded on 31 May 2019 and to order CAF to pay the premium allocated to the winner, adds the same source.
The clubs and CAF have agreed on a procedural timetable governing the arbitration procedure before the CAS. The final decision will be made no later than July 31, 2019, the press release concludes.
It should be recalled that the Wydad players refused to resume the match after the referee refused to consult the VAR following Walid Karti’s 59th-minute equaliser, which was cancelled on the pretext of offside. 1h30 after the interruption, Gambian referee Bakary Gassama finally decided to put an end to the match and Esperance de Tunis was declared the winner of this Champions League.