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Football: Tunis wins African Champions League by CAF decision
The Tunis Hope on May 31, 2019, after the withdrawal of Wydad Casablanca. FETHI BELAID / AFP

After two months of judicial battle that poisoned its image, the African Champions League has named its winner: the Tunis Hope. The African Football Confederation (CAF) called on Wydad Casablanca on Wednesday, August 7, to be held accountable by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). "Loser of the final return forfeit", giving implicitly the trophy to the Tunisian formation.

"This is only fair justice. It's a well-deserved title. It lasted two months but finally we got it. "The secretary general of the Tunisian club, Farouk Kattou, reacted.

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Both clubs punished by fines

Moroccans were punished for leaving the pitch in the return final on May 31 in Radès to protest against a breakdown in video refereeing assistance. o (VAR), who could have validated them a goal refused by the referee. They also issued a $ 20,000 fine (€ 17,850) for this package and $ 15,000 (€ 13,390) for the use of fumigants by their supporters.

The Tunis Prize itself has been sanctioned with 50,000 dollars (44,630 euros) for use of fumignes, two closed-door in-laws for the same reasons, and its loan. The president, Mohamed Meddeb, will personally have to pay $ 20,000 for his unsporting behavior against his counterpart at CAF.

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No revenge

On the evening of May 31, after the withdrawal of Wydad, Tunis had won its title in front of its audience. But four days later, after the Casablanca protests, the executive committee of CAF decided that the match would be played again on neutral ground, saying that "The conditions of play and security were not fulfilled". This untimely decision had thrown oil on the fire, with both clubs deciding to go to the CAS to win the title without having to replay.

The Swiss-based court on July 31 quashed CAF's decision on the grounds that it had not been taken by the ad hoc body of the court. ™ instance. The CAS has ordered the authority of African football to rule via a disciplinary commission. What was finally done Tuesday, nearly two months after the political match.

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