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WAC-EST: Arbitrator’s report reveals new elements

The final WAC-EST continues to fuel the controversy. If the verdict of the CAS is scheduled on July 30, several media have unveiled some new elements concerning this case.

We learn that referee Bakary Gassama mentioned in his match report that several substitutes, officials and security agents entered the field.

And that’s not all! The referee does not refer in any way to the fact that Wydad withdrew from the match. And to add that it is the Mauritanian observer, Ahmed Yahya, who asked him to end the meeting.

Note that the president of Wydad of Casablanca (WAC), Said Naciri, had announced that he seized the International Football Federation and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) about the “arbitration massacre” during the final-return of the African Champions League against Esperance of Tunis (EST), played at the Olympic Stadium in Radès (suburbs of Tunis). The Tunisians did the same and complained to the CAS.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided at the end of an emergency meeting of its executive committee in Paris, to replay the final.

The match will be replayed after the African Cup of Nations (AfCON) on land outside Tunisia, the CAF president’s advisor, Hédi Hamel, told the press.

Disputed at the Olympic Stadium Radès (suburbs of Tunis), this final had a chaotic end following the injustice which the referee of the meeting, the Gambian Bakary Gassama, was guilty. He had indeed refused to grant the equalizer of WAC scored by Walid Karti in the 59th minute for a supposed offside without the possibility of resorting to the defective VAR to confirm its perfect regularity.

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