WAC is believed to be acting alone to appeal the CAF’s disciplinary board decision without the support of the Moroccan football governing body (FRMF).
WAC to Appeal CAF’s Disciplinary Board Decision, Without FRMF Support
WAC is believed to be acting alone to appeal the CAF’s disciplinary board decision, without the support of the Moroccan football governing body (FRMF).
The governing body of Moroccan Club Wydad of Casablanca, headed by Said Naciri has decided to appeal the disciplinary ruling made by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday, August 7. The disciplinary board declared Esperance Sportive de Tunis the winner of the 2019 African Champions League Cup.
Wydad Casablanca has prepared an appeal file claiming the disciplinary board’s decision is invalid. The committee ruled that Wydad “withdrew” from the second leg of the African Champions League final. Wydad claims that they were forced to end the match due to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) not working.
WAC argue that the disciplinary board is not the body competent to issue a ruling about the case, adding that this falls under the remit of CAF’s Organising Committee for Inter-Club Competitions and Management of Club Licensing Systems, reports Hesport.
In the appeal WAC officials question CAF’s decision to rule in favor of EST, saying that the ruling goes against FIFA rules.
Moroccan newspaper Al Massae reported on Friday, that FRMF has withdrawn its support for WAC’s case. There was no FRMF representative present during the CAF meeting, while WAC was represented by president Naciri and a small delegation.
The CAF’s Disciplinary Board decided to rule in favor of the Tunisian club, Esperance de Tunis (EST), declaring WAC loser in the second leg of the Champions’ League final. The ruling, however, contradicts the initial decision to strip EST from the title, ordering the team to return the cup and the medals.