Tunisian side Esperance have been ordered to return the African Champions League trophy and to replay the second leg of the final.

The hosts Esperance led 1-0 in the second leg but Moroccan opponents Wydad Casablanca protested and left the pitch after an equaliser they scored was disallowed.

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

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An official statement from Caf read: “The CAF Executive Committee meeting decided on June 5th, 2019, in Paris, unanimously, that:

“The conditions of game and safety were not met during the 2nd leg of the CAF Champions League final held on May 31, 2019, preventing the match from coming to an end;

“Consequently, the 2nd leg match must be replayed on another ground outside Tunisian territory;

“All the CAF regulations relating to this competition are maintained for the said 2nd leg match;

“The date and venue of this meeting will be determined later by the CAF Executive Committee;

“Consequently, Espérance de Tunis will have to render to the CAF Secretariat trophy and medals awarded on May 31, 2019, upon official notification of this decision;

“All other aspects of disciplinary, organization and refereeing will be submitted to the relevant committees for processing and decisions.”

The 1-1 draw from the first leg in Morocco will stand.

The replay will be on a neural ground after the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which ends on 19 July.

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