Esperance vows not to return Champions League medals, heads to CAS

Esperance vows not to return Champions League medals, heads to CAS

Tunisian club Esperance vow not to “give up their rights” after the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) ordered a replay of the second leg of the Champions League.

Esperance led 1-0 in Friday ‘s second leg but their Moroccan opponents left the pitch after an equalizer they scored was disallowed.


 

Wydad wanted the video assistant referee to check if the goal should stand but the system was not working.

 

A Caf statement said on Wednesday “conditions of game and safety were not met” and that the second leg should be replayed at a neutral venue.

 

In a statement issued on its Facebook page, Esperance said they “will not give up their rights and will defend them in every legal way possible”.

 

“We were shocked by the decision and will hold an emergency meeting in the next few days to appeal this decision with the specialized International authorities.

 

“We will take all necessary measures to defend the team’s rights in every legal aspect possible.”

 

Esperance said they are waiting for an official letter from CAF informing them of the decision before proceeding with the matter.

 

Wydad are yet to officially react to the news but their Nigeria winger Babatunde says he is delighted that the match be replayed.

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