Al Hilal take AFC Champions League appeal to CAS

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Sport’s highest court will judge an urgent appeal which could change the Asian Champions League final lineup over an ineligible player.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Saudi Arabian club wants to overturn its loss to Al Ahli in the second leg of their semifinal.

Al Hilal claims it should be rewarded a 3-0 win by default because Al Ahli forward Ossama Al-Saidi was not properly registered.

Al-Saidi appeared as a second-half substitute in Al Ahli’s 3-2 win on Oct. 20, which secured a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Al Ahli is scheduled to host Guangzhou Evergrande in the first leg of the final on Nov. 7.

CAS says it expects to give a verdict by next Tuesday.

Al Hilal went to CAS after the Asian Football Confederation dismissed its appeal.

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