Al Ahly file appeal over CAFCL final

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Al Ahly have filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport following CAF's controversial decision to host the Champions League final in Morocco.

The Red Devils have one foot in the CAFCL final after a dominant 4-0 win over ES Setif in the first leg of their semi-final.

In the other semi, Wydad Casablanca beat Petro de Luanda 3-1 away from home, putting them firmly in the advantage for the return fixture.

With the Moroccan team edging closer to the final, CAF revealed on Monday that the Champions League decider will be held in Morocco for the second season in a row, which left the Egyptian giants enraged as they had requested that the final be moved to a neutral venue.  

Pitso Mosimane's club has now released a statement revealing they will appeal the decision to host the final in Wydad's home nation with the highest court in sport.  

"Al Ahly SC decided to present an appeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) against the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) of not holding the 2022 CAF Champions League final in a neutral venue, aside from the venues of the four semi-finalists, in addition to other violations that do not meet the Olympic Charter, FIFA and CAF regulations," the statement read, per club's official website. 

"The club has previously demanded CAF to play the game in a neutral venue and will appeal against CAF's decision, requesting CAS to resolve the situation before the competition's final. 

Read: Pitso slams CAF after CAFCL final venue draw

"CAF announced in their statement, which was published yesterday on CAF's official platforms, the chosen venue to host the game and mentioned in the same statement that they are in discussions to revert to the old two-legged home and away final. 

"Moreover, Al Ahly SC hopes that CAF will be keen not to disrupt justice and that they will provide CAS with all the required documents that will help in achieving justice. 

"Al Ahly's decision to appeal to CAS came after CAF took the decision to hold the CAF Champions League final in the same venue for the second season in a row.  

"This decision will give a home advantage to a certain team that will play at home in front of their fans in addition to violating other laws and regulations. 

"CAF stated that their decision was based on the fact that there was only one bidder available to host the match without giving a proper explanation over the reasons behind the withdrawal of the other bid."

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