CAS decision leaves CAF Champions League final Undecided

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TOPSHOT - This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Champions league at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

The decision to order a replay of the African Champions League final was thrown out by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

The world sports court told the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to refer the case to its proper disciplinary structures for a decision.

The Switzerland-based court’s decision leaves the final in limbo after the original fixture was abandoned and the match awarded to Esperance of Tunisia.

Their opponents, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, had left the pitch following a disputed decision.

After a delay of almost two hours, home side Esperance were handed the trophy and winners’ medals.

But they were told to return them days later, after the CAF executive committee ordered a replay on neutral territory, citing “unsafe conditions”.

After appeals by both clubs, CAS ruled that CAF’s executive committee “did not have jurisdiction” to order that the final be replayed and annulled the decision.

In a statement on Wednesday, CAS said it had referred the matter back to the African football body for the “competent CAF authorities to review the incidents”.

CAS said CAF’s judicial bodies should decide whether the match should be replayed or not