Ahmad Ahmad: CAF Champions League controversy unfair to Wydad
Esperance de Tunis have retained their CAF Champions League title following VAR controversy that took place in the second leg of the final against Wydad in Rades.
Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, it was the hosts who took the lead in the 41st minute through Youcef Belaili; however, Wydad managed to score an equalizer through Walid El Karti’s cross, a goal which was ruled out for offside.
Nevertheless, the replay showed El Karti was onside; thus, the goal should have stood, but, Bakari Gassama refused to consult VAR to check the goal due to technical errors in the system.
As a result, Wydad players refused to continue the game, holding on their right to resume the game only when VAR is in action.
Ahmad Ahmad came onto the pitch to convince the Moroccan to resume the match and after the game had been halted for almost an hour, Esperance were announced winners.
“Yes. Everything has been unfair towards Wydad. We have had an agreement with a company to supply VAR; however, they informed us they wouldn’t be apply to provide it for technical reasons just before the game,” Ahmad spoke to Moroccan magazine HeSPORT.
“I have no answers to give you. I am even so frightened after what happened,” he concluded.
After their official appeal against the result of the match, it remains to be seen how CAF will respond. It is worth noting that Egyptian referee Gehad Gerisha was suspended by CAF a few days ago for six months due to proclaimed “refereeing errors” in the first leg of the final.
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