KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: The embattled, chaotic African confederation has been effectively ‘ticked off’ by sport’s supreme court for its failure to resolve the row over the Champions League Final.
Earlier this CAF’s executive committee, led by under-fire president Ahmad Ahmad, circumvented all its own rules and regulations by ordering a replay of the final which had seen players of Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca walking off midway through the second leg against Esperance of Tunisia.
Both clubs then approached the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Esperance appealed to be reinstated as champions while Wydad claimed they should be declared winners or, alternatively, that both legs of the final should be scrapped and a single replay ordered.
On Wednesday CAS told CAF to refer the case to its proper disciplinary structures for a decision, ruling that the exco “did not have jurisdiction” to order a replay, annulled that decision and told it to the “competent CAF authorities to review the incidents” and decide whether the match should be replayed or not.
This means the disciplinary and the competitions committees.
The decision added to the storm around the head of Ahmad and his supporters.
He is already facing a FIFA ethics investigation into alleged corruption and sexual harassment while CAF’s administration has been taken over today under emergency measures ordered by the world federation by its secretary-general Fatma Samoura.
CAF, in a statement of its own, said its “competent bodies” would meet imminently to decide on a response to events in the second leg of the final.