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Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca have lodged a new appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the decision to declare Esperance the winners of their CAF Champions League final last season.
Tunisia's Esperance were declared winners of the African Champions League by CAF on Wednesday following a long legal battle after Wydad Casablanca stormed off in protest during the second leg of the final in May.
Esperance Tunis and Wydad Casablanca, who are locked in a legal battle over which won the last CAF Champions League, will have first-round byes when the next edition kicks off.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will decide whether the CAF Champions League final second leg should be replayed by 31st July at the latest. This is after studying the appeals put forward by Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Esperance of Tunisia in which they say the match should not be replayed.
African football's leading club competition has been thrown into disarray after the announcement that its showpiece game will have to be replayed, with the Tunisian prime minister weighing in to call the handling of the affair a "farce".
African football's governing body has ordered the abandoned second leg of the CAF Champions League final between Esperance and Wydad Casablanca to be replayed at a neutral venue after this month's Cup of Nations.
Wydad Casablanca refused to complete the CAF Champions League final, with an emergency meeting now called to discuss the issue.
Esperance won the CAF Champions League in Tunisia Saturday after Wydad Casablanca refused to continue playing on 60 minutes because VAR was unavailable to judge a disallowed equaliser.
Esperance won the CAF Champions League in Tunisia Saturday after Wydad Casablanca refused to continue playing on 60 minutes because VAR was unavailable to judge a disputed equaliser.
Wydad Casablanca overcame having their captain sent off and two VAR referrals going against them to draw 1-1 with Esperance Tunis Saturday in the CAF Champions League final first leg.
Esperance of Tunisia and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco qualified for the CAF Champions League final Saturday, setting up a third consecutive title decider between north African clubs.
ES Tunis will defend a 1-0 lead in the second leg of their CAF Champions League semi-final after Youcef Belaili downed TP Mazembe.
ES Tunis, TP Mazembe, Wydad Casablanca and Mamelodi Sundowns are through to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League.