the first CAS verdict has been reached!

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has delivered its first verdict on the dispute between USM Alger and RS Berkane in the semi-final first leg of the CAF Cup. The body clarifies the situation in an official press release.

Algerian authorities reportedly confiscated RS Berkane’s jerseys for political reasons, causing the first leg of the CAF Cup semi-final against USM Alger to be canceled. This discord questioned the Berkani kit which had nevertheless been approved by CAF at the start of the tournament.

USM Algiers was sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) with a 3-0 victory on the green carpet in favor of RS Berkane. USM Algiers then turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with the help of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF).

After an initial correspondence, the Lausanne-based body published a press release Thursday evening to provide more details on the situation.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recorded the appeal filed by the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) and the Medina Sports Union of Algiers (USM Alger)… This decision confirmed a first decision of the Interclub Commission of CAF which validated the use of RS Berkane jerseys as part of the 2023/24 CAF Confederation Cup »we can read.

WHAT ABOUT RS BERKANE’S GREEN CARPET VICTORY?

The CAS confirms having refused to cancel the return match, which itself ended in a new 3-0 defeat for the USMA on the green carpet. “With their appeal, the appellants filed an urgent motion seeking to immediately stay the execution of the impugned decision. This request was rejected ex parte by the President of the CAS Appeals Chamber on April 26, 2024.he clarified.

The procedure is only in its early stages according to the CAS and no decision has yet been taken. It is likely that the verdict will be announced after the final between Berkane and Zamalek which will take place on May 12 and 19.

Photo credit: CAF X account.

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