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CAS backs CAF, rejects Al Ahly’s appeal to postpone Champions League final

THE Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has given the Confederation of African Football (CAF) the green light to stage the 2022 Champions League final in Morocco on Monday night.

One of the finalists, Egyptian club Al Ahly, had protested against the venue of the one-off final since their opponents, Wydad, are based in Morocco and the host city Casablanca.

Al Ahly also sought to have the final postponed to give CAF time to find an alternative venue, but CAS ruled in favour of the continental governing body today.

CAF explained why they had to settle for a one-off final and Morocco for the game, and convinced CAS to reject Al Ahly’s appeal.

“CAF was obliged to implement the Executive Committee decision that was taken in July 2019 which stated that the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League winner would be determined by a one-legged final,” the body stated.

“The hosting of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League final was awarded to Morocco after Senegal, which was the only other country that had fulfilled the hosting requirements, withdrew its bid.”

The African body promised that the final will be fair and Wydad will not have any undue advantage.

“CAF is committed to the principles of fairness, justice and equality of all clubs and Member Associations and will at all times treat all clubs and Member Associations fairly and equally,” the statement added.

“CAF wishes both Al Ahly SC and Wydad AC the best of luck for the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League final.”

The match will kick off at 8pm local time on Monday at the Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca.

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