Esperance declared African club champion after VAR farce

The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Esperance of Tunisia has been declared the club champion of Africa more than two months after the final was abandoned when players from opponent Wydad Casablanca walked off because the video assistant referee system wasn't working.

Esperance was initially awarded the trophy before the Confederation of African Football's executive committee ordered the game, the second leg of the final, to be replayed. Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport annulled that decision because the CAF executive committee didn't have the authority to rule on the game.

The case was sent to CAF's disciplinary board, and it decided Wednesday that Esperance, which was leading 2-1 on aggregate when the game was abandoned, should be reinstated as the winner.

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Wydad players were furious after they had an equalizing goal incorrectly ruled out for offside and were told the VAR system was unavailable because of technical issues.

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