Wydad of Morocco have expressed on Friday evening their objection against the referee’s decisions during their game against MC Alger in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw and witnessed a lot of controversial decisions from the Ethiopian referee, Bamlak Tessema, who disallowed a goal for the Moroccan Team.
“Wydad’s board of directors announced that it will file an official complaint to the Confederation of the African Football against the referee’s decisions during the team’s game against MC Alger on May 14 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-finals”, Wydad said in a statement.
“All the refereeing experts and commentators agreed that the referee’s mistakes which have been committed during the game were way out of the line, as they deprived the club of a rightful advantage after disallowing a rightful scored goal due to an offside ”, Wydad added.
“The performance of the referees of today’s match recalls the scandal that the African and world football family witnessed during the 2019 Rades Final, which requires a global review of the performance of some referees and immediate intervention of the governing bodies of the African continent in order to, first and foremost preserve their reputation, and ensure equal opportunities between all the clubs without discrimination or systematic exclusion,”
“The management of Wydad Casablanca calls for an investigation into the performance of the referees and to take the appropriate decisions so that this kind of behavior, which undermines African football, does not happen again. The management insists on the fact that it will defend the legitimate interests of the club with all the means permitted by law”, Wydad said.
Wydad were held to a 1-1 draw against MC Alger in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.
The 35th minute of the game witnessed a controversial decision by Tessema, who disallowed Walid ElKarti’s goal due to an offside.
While waiting for the reaction of CAF following this statement, both clubs will cross swords again on May 22 at Mohammed V complex in Casablanca in the second leg.