In Summary
  • The second leg of May's Champions League final ended in controversy as Wydad Casablanca refused to continue playing after a row over the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) system.
  • Play was halted when VAR was unavailable to judge a disallowed equaliser.
  • VAR had been set up on the side of the pitch, but the players had not been told it was not working, although officials were aware.

Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca say they will return to the Court of Arbitration (Cas) for Sport over May's African Champions League final result.

It comes after Sunday's meeting of the Confederation of African Football's (Caf) Appeal Board, who ruled that Tunisia's Esperance won the title in May.

Wydad's president Said Naciri confirmed on Monday, as he was re-elected as the president of the Moroccan Football League, that they would go to Cas as permitted by the Caf statutes.

"We will defend our rights until the end. For two months we have been fighting this "oppression". Esperance don't deserve to win the cup in the way we witnessed in Rades," he told BBC Sport.

"Our next step is to take the case back to CAS to seek fairness."

The second leg of May's Champions League final ended in controversy as Wydad Casablanca refused to continue playing after a row over the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) system.

Play was halted when VAR was unavailable to judge a disallowed equaliser.

VAR had been set up on the side of the pitch, but the players had not been told it was not working, although officials were aware.

The referee then awarded the victory to three-time former champions Esperance.

The Tunisian side were leading 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) in Saturday's final, which was played over two legs. VAR had been used in the first leg.

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