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WAC-EST: CAS finally comes out of silence

The fate of the controversial Champions League final between WAC and EST will soon be sealed. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will rule on appeals by the WAC and EST, no later than July 31, the decision rendered June 5 by the CAF Executive Committee ordering the two clubs of replay on neutral ground the return match of the final.

A statement issued by the CAS on Monday underlines that in its appeal, Wydad requested, as principal, that the contested decision be annulled and that the title of winner of the Champions League 2018/2019 as well as the bonus in victory cases are attributed to him.

The Tunisian club also demands that the CAF Executive Committee decision 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 the medals awarded. May 31, 2019 and order the CAF to pay the bonus awarded 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 statement said.

Recall that the Wydad players had refused to resume the match after the referee refused to consult the VAR following the tying goal of Walid Karti in the 59th minute, which had been canceled under the pretext of offside. 1:30 after the break, Gambian referee Bakary Gassama had finally decided to end the game and Esperance Tunis was declared the winner of this Champions League.

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