BREAKING: Final abandoned as Tunisia’s Esperance crowned African champions after VAR controversy – Africa – Sports

Tunisia’s Esperance were crowned African champions for the second straight season after their final second-leg at home to Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca was abandoned in the early hours of Saturday following VAR controversy. 

Esperance led 1-0 through a first-half goal from Youcef Belaili before Walid El Karti levelled the aggregate score with a header on 59 minutes, only to be denied by the linesman’s offside flag.

Television replays showed that El Karti was clearly onside but Gambian referee Bakary Gassama did not check a video reply although the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was introduced in the final.

Reports said the VAR was not working.

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad stepped onto the pitch and was seen consulting with a host of officials and the game was halted for around 90 minutes. With Wydad refusing to resume play unless VAR was checked, Gasama blew his final whistle as Esperance celebrated wildly on the pitch. 

More details to follow.

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Publish date : 2019-05-31 22:51:14

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