Tunisian club, Esperance, have vowed not to “give up their rights”, after the Confederation of African Football (CAF), ordered a replay of the second leg of the Champions League.
Esperance were leading 1-0 in the second led final of the competition in Tunis and 2-1 on aggregate, when their opponent, Wydad Casablanca, walked off the pitch in protest when a disallowed equalizer could not be verified by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
The system was said not to be working, and reports emerged after the match that the officials of the host club had sabotaged the system.
Consequently, the game was abandoned in the 64th minute, while the referee awarded the cup to Esperance, after Wydad failed to return to the pitch in 30 minutes.
A CAF statement said on Wednesday after a meeting in Paris, said “conditions of game and safety were not met”. The continent’s football governing body ordered that the match should be replayed at a neutral venue.
However, 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,” they said.
The club stated that 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.