By 90Min
June 01, 2019

Tunisian side Espérance were crowned as the Confederation of African football's (CAF) Champions League winners after their final against Wydad AC was abandoned due to a row over the use of the Video Assistant Referee.

All eyes were on the second leg after last week's drama, where the CAF's referees committee handed match official Gehad Grisha - who was in charge of England's World Cup match against Panama - a six-month ban due to his 'poor performance'.

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Trailing 2-1 on aggregate, Wydad's Ismail El Haddad saw a header disallowed for an infringement, but complaints for the goal to be reviewed by VAR were waved away as the technology was deemed to be broken before kick-off, something which the players weren't made aware of.

As reported by the BBC, the CAF Champions League final was then delayed for 95 minutes before the win was eventually awarded to Espérance, who have now become just the fourth team to ever retain their title.

The CAF confirmed in a statement that a meeting will be held early next week to discuss the incident at Tunisia's Stade Olympique de Radès. It's claimed that Wydad could face a two-year ban from competing in the competition for their decision to refuse to continue the match.

It was the first time in the CAF Champions League's 55-year history that both legs of a final haven't been completed, and it has now increased suggestions that a two-legged final should be scrapped.

South America's Copa Libertadores had their last ever two-legged final in last year's competition, which saw Argentina's infamous Superclásico between bitter rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate face each other.

There was similar problems with the second leg of that final, with it eventually being played at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu.

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