CAF finally crowns Lokosa’s Esperance Champions League winner

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The controversy surrounding the CAF Champions League title has finally been put to rest after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) declared Tunisian club side Esperance winners.

The CAF Champions League second-leg final was abandoned by Wydad Casablanca on May 31, after the Moroccan Club requested for a Video Assistant Referee review.


CAF claimed it had intimated both clubs about the situation of the faulty VAR.


Last week, after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) upheld Esperance’s appeal against a replay of the match, CAF’s Disciplinary committee, Wednesday, also declared the Tunisian side as 2019 Champions league winners.


In addition to the decision, a fine of $20,000 was imposed on Wydad for abandoning the game, an additional $15,000 was also placed on them due to the use of flares by their supporters, which reduced visibility for the players on the pitch and made it difficult for match officials to make accurate calls.


President of Esperance Mohammed Meddeb was also fined $20,000 for his unsporting behavior against the CAF President, Ahmad.


He reportedly threatened the safety of the CAF President while the game was on hold, Esperance will also pay an additional $50,000 for the use of smoke and projectiles, and the unsporting behavior of their fans.


Esperance will now represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup billed for December in Qatar.


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