CAF CL final appealed to FIFA?

The Moroccan Football Federation confirmed an appeal has been lodged on behalf of Wydad Casablanca after the controversial second-leg CAF Champions League final was abandoned - which saw Esperance retain their title.
 
After the first leg that was already marred by controversy, the return leg of the tie in Tunisia erupted into chaotic scenes that left many bemused.
 
 
The tie was level at 1-1 when the teams kicked off and the champions took the lead in the 41st minute through industrious playmaker Youcef Belaili.
 
However the second-half was brief and created a state of chaos in Rades before the continental showpiece was eventually abandoned.
 
Wydad's Walid El Karti headed home an equaliser in the 59th minute, levelling the aggregate score at 2-2 but referee Bakary Gassama wrongly adjudged his effort as off-side.
 
The Wydad players and technical staff demanded that the passage of play be taken to Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review, but due to technical issues the system was not working and therefore the initial decision could not be overturned.
 
The away side then staged a walkoff in protest and after an hour of uncertainty, before Gassama eventually decided to blow the full-time whistle - thus handing a 2-1 victory and the title to Espérance.
 
"We have decided to launch an appeal with FIFA and CAS (The Court of Arbitration for Sport) concerning this match," said the Moroccan Federation president Fouzi Lekjaà, as per AS.
 
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) also confirmed this weekend that an 'emergency executive commitee' will be convened on Tuesday to "discuss issues connected to the match".

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