Wydad wanted the video assistant referee to check if the goal should stand but the system was not working.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) said the second leg will be replayed at a neutral venue.
The 1-1 draw from the first leg in Morocco stands.
The replay will be after the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which ends on 19 July.
A Caf statement said “conditions of game and safety were not met” in the second leg and made clear Esperance players must return their winners’ medals as well as the trophy.
Play in the second leg was halted after Wydad thought they had equalised on 59 minutes through Walid El Karti’s header. It was disallowed for an infringement.
The VAR system was visible on the side of the pitch but the players had not been told it was not in use because of a malfunction.
The referee eventually awarded the victory to three-time champions Esperance after a 95-minute delay.
Wydad’s president said the club was “the victim of a scandal” and Caf subsequently called an Executive Committee meeting where the decision to replay the game was made.
‘An absolute mess’ – analysis
BBC World Football presenter Mani Djazmi
We were waiting for about six and a half hours outside a hotel conference room for this decision. One Tunisian journalist posted a live stream of the closed door while we were waiting and it had 18,000 viewers. That shows how big this decision was.
I think Esperance have been punished for the failings of Caf. I’ve just spoken to one of the Caf Executive Committee members who was in the meeting, he says that those responsible for these organisational failures will also be punished.
He told me it was a unanimous decision in the meeting and that something had to be done.
It’s a dangerous precedent and an absolute mess. It’s the second continental cup final this season to descend into farce after the Copa Libertadores in South America in November, which was initially postponed following an attack on the Boca Juniors team bus by River Plate supporters
FILE PHOTO: Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jussie Smollett will not be returning to U.S. television series “Empire”, the show’s creator says, marking the first public confirmation that the actor has been dropped after a furor over claims that he was the victim of a hate crime.
Responding to a Variety report that writers were discussing scenarios in which Smollett’s character would return towards the end of the sixth and final season, “Empire” creator Lee Daniels wrote on Twitter on Tuesday; “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire.”
Smollett, 36, who is black and gay, ignited a firestorm by telling police in January that two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs on a Chicago street.
Chicago police later accused Smollett of making up the attack but the actor maintained his innocence and prosecutors in March dismissed criminal charges against him.
Smollett, who played gay singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon on the show about a family in the hip-hop entertainment business, was dropped from the final episodes of season 5 earlier this year.
The Fox network, now owned by Walt Disney Co, said in April that there were no plans to bring his character back for Season 6, which is expected to air this fall, but left open a contractual option for Smollett to return.
Fox has said “Empire” will end after Season 6.
Representatives for Smollett did not return a request for comment on him being dropped from the show.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Susan Thomas
However, the IAAF said the suspension only applied to Semenya, 28.
The court’s “superprovisional order” will also only apply until 25 June.
That is the date by which the IAAF must respond to the court on Semenya’s case. Last month, South African Semenya filed an appeal to the court after failing to have new IAAF rules restricting testosterone levels in female runners overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).
Semenya said afterwards: “I hope following my appeal I will once again be able to run free.
“I am thankful to the Swiss judges for this decision.”
The IAAF – the governing body of world athletics – said the federal supreme court’s decision was made without its knowledge, and that it was only told of the order on Tuesday.
It therefore “did not have the chance” to explain why the ruling “should remain in force and applicable to all affected athletes while the appeal is pending”.
The IAAF defended its new rules, saying:
It is “convinced there are some contexts, sport being one of them, where biology has to trump identity”.
It “believes the right to participate in sport does not translate to a right to self-identify into a competition category or an event”.
“To define the category based on something other than biology would be category-defeating and would deter many girls around the world from choosing competitive and elite sport after puberty.”
“Regulations [on athletes with differences of sexual development] are a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of protecting fair and meaningful competition in elite female athletics, and Cas agreed.”
It wants the supreme court’s suspension of the rules to be reversed to avoid “serious confusion” among athletes and event organisers and “to protect the integrity of the sport”.
The IAAF also said it had received a letter from Raswyn Lovett, co-chair of the International Working Group on Women in Sport, Diane Huffman, president of WomenSport International, and Professor Rosa Lopez de D’Amico, president of the International Association of Physical Education for Girls and Women last week which said the regulations “imply wrongdoing and come with a penalty” and “force an athlete to take medication that alters their natural state”.
It rejected the accusation in the letter that its regulations “enforce gender inequality”, saying in response that the rule was introduced “precisely because the IAAF is committed to protecting the rights and opportunities of female athletes”.
In reply, it wrote: “The challenge that the IAAF faces is how to accommodate individuals who identify as female (and are legally recognised as female) but who – because of a difference of sex development – have XY chromosomes that lead to testes that produce high levels of testosterone, and therefore have all the same physical advantages over women for the purposes of athletics as men have over women.”
Mr Hutiri won the $32,000 (£25,000) 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
He told the BBC that he came up with the idea after he was diagnosed with TB in 2014 and he went to his clinic to collect medicine.
Long queues at pharmacies can be caused by staff shortages and high volumes of patients with chronic illnesses – such as HIV and Aids.
By cutting down the queues, “this gives them the opportunity to not take too much time away from work, to focus on their business, to effectively live a more productive life without having lost time due to managing a disease” he told the BBC.
He added that it helped with illnesses which may have a stigma associated to them, like HIV.
“If you collect your ARV medication for HIV from a locker, you don’t have to deal with the fear that somebody’s watching me.”
Currently six smart locker units are in operation in South Africa and the company is building eight more.
He says he will use prize money to help build an assembly section for manufacturing and improve the technology so they can scale up their business better.
The other inventions to be short-listed for the prize were:
a high-tech glove that translates sign language to text and speech
a currency-exchange platform that moves money between users to reduce the need for foreign exchange
and a business giving women in low-income families access to sustainable, off-grid housing
Winners from previous years include a magnetic malaria test and a jacket for testing pneumonia.
Sudan’s military has faced mounting international condemnation for its violent attack on protesters which reportedly left at least 30 dead. But there were clear signs this was likely to happen.
Even when the crowds were at their largest and most joyous there was a sense of looming danger.
You did not have to walk far from the sit-in to encounter the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) lounging on their pick-up trucks.
Unlike the regular army these militiamen rarely responded to greetings or if they did it was with a non-committal nod, no hint of a smile.
It did not surprise me.
I remembered them from Darfur 14 years before. There they were known as the Janjaweed and became notorious for atrocities inflicted on the civilian population.
In 2005 I saw them beat and terrorise civilians in a camp for the displaced and I interviewed the survivors of torture and rape.
Now they have brought their violence to the streets of the capital.
Sudan has been driven backwards by the conspiracy of a military elite whose priority is the survival of their power and privilege.
The Transitional Military Council has scrapped the agreements reached with the opposition Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) under the guise of speeding up the transition to full democratic elections.
These are to be held within nine months.
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The plan is more than likely a fiction, not designed to produce civilian rule or anything like it.
There is ample precedent in Africa and elsewhere these days for elections which go through the motions of democracy but deliver none of its substance.
Don’t be surprised to see senior figures from the TMC “retiring” from the military and standing as civilian candidates.
What will not change is military control of Sudanese life.
In part the FFC and its civil society allies are victims of their own dizzying success in the early days of the revolution.
Within 24 hours they toppled President Omar al-Bashir and the military man who led the coup against him.
Thirty years of rule appeared to have been vanquished.
The sight of the sit-in drew activists from all spheres of Sudanese life. It became a citadel of freedom.
The atmosphere was intoxicating.
People debated and sang and produced art.
They produced manifestos on women’s rights, media freedom, justice and the economy, and much more besides.
Yet diversity was also a vulnerability.
Everybody agreed that civilian rule was the essential demand.
But there were inevitable differences over the specifics of achieving that aim: what should the timeframe be, what would be the balance between military and civilian representatives, which personalities representing which groupings would take positions in any transitional arrangements?
None of these debates were in themselves fatal to the cause.
But they highlighted the difficulties of being a “people’s movement” compared to an established political party with the structures and internal discipline to make swift changes at the negotiating table.
Hard line take control
There was another problem.
As the shockwaves of Mr Bashir’s overthrow dissipated the old politics of Sudan re-emerged.
Parties and personalities who had been suppressed under dictatorship were determined not to be left out if political power was being shared.
This allowed the military to characterise the protesters as simply one of the groups who were part of the negotiations, ignoring the fact that there would have been no negotiations without the demonstrations.
Road to transition
19 December 2018 – Protests erupt after fuel and bread price rises announced
22 February 2019 – President Bashir dissolves the government
24 February – Protests continue as security forces respond by firing live bullets
6 April – Activists begin sit-in at military headquarters, vowing not to move until Mr Bashir steps down
11 April – Army generals announce that Mr Bashir has been toppled but sit-in continues as people demand civilian rule
20 April – Talks between the military rulers and civilian representatives begin
13 May – Shooting outside the military headquarters leaves six people dead
14 May – Military and civilians announce a deal on a three-year transition period
16 May – Talks postponed as military demands some barricades are removed
3 June – Activists announce the suspension of talks with the military, accusing them of using force to disperse their sit-in
Delaying or dissembling in the name of inclusivity became a tactic.
Once the military had recovered from the confusion around Mr Bashir’s overthrow it regrouped and the most hard line elements took control.
This explains the pre-eminence of the RSF commander, Mohammed “Hemedti” Hamadan whose personal ruthlessness in Darfur always made him the most likely leader of a counter-revolution.
Unlike many of the military elite “Hemedti” is an outsider.
From a rural background he has no family ties or sentimental affiliation with the young middle class protesting on the streets of the Khartoum.
The military also enjoys another big advantage.
This is an age of international division.
The notion of an “international community” which might pressure the regime is a fantasy.
The world is now governed by a collection of interests – occasionally they are complimentary, more often they are in competition.
The UN Security Council is not a forum where any kind of concerted action on Sudan might be approved.
Russia and China would block any move to increase sanctions on Khartoum.
The condemnation from US National Security Advisor, John Bolton – he called the Khartoum violence “abhorrent” – will only mean something if the US demands that its regional allies – Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – exert pressure on the Sudanese military.
For now it is hard to imagine President Donald Trump picking up the phone to Cairo or Riyadh and insisting on a swift transition to civilian rule.
Mr Trump has other priorities like the Mexican border, Venezuela, Iran and the trade war with China.
What about an African solution?
The African Union (AU) was an early supporter of civilian rule after the fall of Mr Bashir but the AU’s actions around the election results in the Democratic Republic of Congo in January are cautionary: the AU first criticised what many observers saw as a fix but then rowed back.
In recent weeks the African body has spoken of the need for international actors not to meddle in Sudanese affairs.
Bear in mind too that the AU’s current chairperson is Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who is himself a symbol of military usurpation of power.
The Sudan crisis exposes the dominant reality of the international scene.
Force can have its way without consequence if the killers and torturers represent a valuable enough asset to other stronger powers – in strategic, ideological, intelligence or economic terms.
It is possible that President Trump will make a stand on Sudan and pressure his allies to act, that the AU will threaten to expel and isolate Sudan, that more moderate elements in the military will emerge and challenge “Hemedti” and his supporters. Possible. But certainly not probable.
I remember speaking with a leading activist at the demonstrations back in April.
He told me that “the sit-in is the only card we have. That is why we have to maintain it.”
But now that the sit-in is smashed where does the opposition go?
The peaceful revolutionaries are beaten and traumatised.
It is impossible to say now whether the Forces of Freedom and Change can come back as a street-driven force.
There have been calls for civil disobedience and strikes.
Any such will likely be met with ruthless violence.
What will not change, in fact what has been deepened, is the alienation of people from their rulers.
Repression may work as a strategy for now but not indefinitely.
Sudan is now dependant on powerful neighbours for its economic survival and beset by internal divisions.
Dependency on the Egyptians and Saudis will rankle with many Sudanese beyond the protesters, adding a more overtly nationalist dimension to the current crisis.
The generals have succeeded in smashing the protest but their troubles may only be starting.
Campaigners in Kenya who fear their country is turning its back on its green goals are hoping to stop construction of a coal plant that would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 700%.
Activists in Kenya are marking World Environment Day with a protest against plans to build the country’s first coal-fired power station.
At least two-thirds of Kenya’s electricity is currently generated by renewable resources and it has pledged to reduce its small carbon footprint by nearly a third over the next decade.
But the planned power station to be built by Chinese contractors with borrowed money would increase emissions by a factor of seven – and Kenya would have to import the coal.
The new plant will sit alongside an ambitious new $25.5bn (£20bn) development on the Kenyan coast at Lamu – an historic 700-year-old fishing and trading town, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor project includes a vast 32-berth container port, an oil terminal, road and railway links, and a “resort city”.
The first phase of the port building project is almost complete.
Chinese dredging vessels are cutting a deep channel in the bay and are using the sand and rocks to reclaim land and build the first three container ship berths, which stretch for almost a mile (1.6km).
The work is yet to start on the road and rail links, leaving the prospect of a state-of-the-art container port for some of the world’s largest ships isolated on a remote stretch of coast near the Somali border.
‘The fish are gone’
Fishermen in Lamu say the construction has already had an impact on their livelihoods.
“Before we would put out one net and catch maybe 500kg of fish, but now we can put 10 nets and get only 50kg so we’ve lost a lot,” said Somo Somo, who has fished here since he was a child.
“The construction makes a lot of noise, they cut the mangroves – the fish breeding area – and destroy the coral reef where the fish go to put their eggs, so the fish have gone to another place.”
More than 2,000 cases of Ebola have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last 10 months, officials have said.
Two thirds of the cases have been fatal, the health ministry added.
The outbreak in the east of DR Congo is the second biggest in history, with a significant spike in new cases noted in recent weeks.
But health workers’ attempts to contain the outbreak has been hindered by mistrust and violence.
Despite the fact that more than 1,300 people have died of the disease since August, the charity Oxfam says its teams are meeting people every single day who still don’t believe the virus exists, the BBC’s Africa editor Will Ross reports.
Most Ebola outbreaks are over quickly and affect small numbers of people. Only once before has an outbreak been still growing more than eight months after it began – that was the epidemic in West Africa between 2013 and 2016, which killed 11,310 people.
What is Ebola?
Ebola is a virus that initially causes sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat.
It progresses to vomiting, diarrhoea and both internal and external bleeding.
People are infected when they have direct contact through broken skin, or the mouth and nose, with the blood, vomit, faeces or bodily fluids of someone with Ebola.
Patients tend to die from dehydration and multiple organ failure.
Mr Mbele, who lives in the township of Khayelitsha near Cape Town, dismissed suggestions on social media that he was being taken advantage of and said it had been his idea.
“Imagine what happens when everybody knows I have money – they know me, they know where I stay. So it’s for my safety,” he told the BBC.
He added that he understood why people were concerned but said they should not worry about him.
There are high levels of crime in South Africa, especially in some of the townships around Cape Town.
‘This is too much for my head’
Mr Mbele, who said he was overwhelmed by the response of those who had paid into the fund set by Ms Van Deventer, said he would use the money to pay for the education of his two children and for his accommodation.
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He said that people had also been driving out to the petrol station on a motorway outside Cape Town to personally thank him.
“This is too much for my head. People show me love, they come to see me. Everything is going great.”