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Esperance de Tunis declared African Champions League winners

Esperance have been declared African Champions League winners after the finding by the Confederation of African Football’s disciplinary committee on Wednesday.

Esperance de Tunis declared African Champions League winners
Zoubeir Souissi REUTERS

Tunisian club Esperance de Tunis have been declared African Champions League winners after the Confederation of African Football’s disciplinary committee on Wednesday found opponents Wydad Casablanca guilty of abandoning the second leg of the final in May.

This reverses an earlier decision by the CAF executive committee to order a replay of the second leg, in which the Moroccan side refused to play on after a VAR controversy.

Sin titulo(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 25, 2019 a referee reacts wrapped in a cloud of smoke from flares thrown by fans during the CAF champion league final 2019

Both clubs had appealed to the Court of Arbitration in Sport, which last week found that the CAF executive committee’s decision was wrong and ordered the case to be heard by CAF’s disciplinary committee.

Both clubs were also fined after a hearing in Cairo on Wednesday