Wydad Casablanca’s goal during the second leg of the African Champions League was “legitimate,” said the president of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad.
Rabat – President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad has acknowledged that Wydad Casablanca’s goal during the second leg of the African Champions League final against Esperance Tunis was legitimate.
In a statement to Moroccan sports news outlet Almountakhab, the CAF president said: “If somebody did not see WAC’s goal as legitimate, he then should change his hobby and to stop watching football.”
“The goal was legitimate and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is not necessary to prove that,” he added.
Ahmad also hinted that issues like what happened during the game have opened room for doubt. “I no longer know what has been happening.”
“Personally, I am surprised and angry against all the issues that happened so fast. It appears that there has been something going on against me.”
Friday marked a scandal after notable refereeing mistakes during the EST-WAC match, which stirred controversy.
During the game EST took the lead during the 41st minute of the game to score a goal.
In the second half, Morocco’s WAC was able to score an equalizer, which was rejected by Gambian referee Bakary Gassama, who refused to review Walid El Karti’s header through VAR, a necessary element during the competition.
The decision upset WAC players who refused to refuse to resume playing until the referee has reviewed the goal.
The scandal and criticism urged CAF to announce its decision to hold an emergency executive committee meeting on June 4 convened by CAF President to “discuss regulatory issues” following the EST-WAC game.