The referee faced backlash on social media for the unprecedented injustice against Wydad Casablanca.
Rabat – Morocco’sWydad Casablanca football club has addressed a strong message to the President of the African Football Federation (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, to denounce the performance of the referee during the first leg of Africa’s Champions League Final against Espérance of Tunis held on Friday night in Rabat.
In the message, the football club stressed that the referee’s mistakes during the match “changed the course of the game,” an argument supported “unanimously” by the people who watched it.
According to Wydad Casablanca, otherwise known as WAC, the referee’s decision contributed“significantly to change the results as the referee team deprived the Moroccan team of a legal goal and a clear penalty.”
The club called for an immediate “intervention and investigation into the case to ensure justice for the club.”
WAC entered the game as a heavy favorite. The referee’s unjust decision, however, shocked football fans who accused the referee of a “clear bias” in favor of the Tunisian team.
In the press release, WAC listed all the mistakes of the referees during the game, concluding its letter with a powerful message citing the ethics of soccer and the reforms that CAF has previously implemented against such mistakes and injustice.
“It is not the course of a final that is in play, but the course of a global reform project that CAF carries under your mandate,” wrote the club.
Wydad Casablanca concluded that its club “continues to believe in the beautiful destiny of African football, [and] will go to the end to assert its rights, and contributing as much as it can in the new destiny of this sport in our continent.”
The first leg of the final with the Tunisian team ended in a draw, 1-1. The second leg of the final will take place on May 31.
It remains to be seen whether CAF will address the club’s demands for justice in the coming days.