Hearts were due to face the Moroccan team in the second round of the Champions League after eliminating the Guinean team from CI Kamsar in the previous round.
However, Wydad Athletic Club are currently serving a ban after failing to meet certain financial obligations to Nigeria international Chisom Elvis Chikatara.
The club owed Chikatara a total of $ 187,250.33 by December 31, 2020, including a judgment sum of $ 165,167.
There was also a five percent interest accrued from April 7, 2019 to April 7, 2021 and a cost of 3,000 Swiss francs.
Wydad Athletic Club had tried to appeal the FIFA ban, but the decision was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The club’s ineligibility to play in the Champions League was communicated to Hearts by the head of sports law (Africa), Johnny Precious Ogbah, on September 20.
In a letter to the Ghanaian club, Ogbah said Wydad had been banned from the Champions League for failing to meet the deadline set by CAF, August 15, 2021, to pay arrears owed to Chikatara. .
“We are writing to inform you that your opponents in the next round of the CAF Champions League, the WAC of Morocco, are not eligible to participate in the 2021/2022 CAF Champions League”, said the letter.
“In fact, following a petition dated July 29, 2021, we informed CAF of their ineligibility because they owed our clients overdue debts and after investigation, CAF gave them a deadline of August 15, 2021 to pay them. overdue debts owed to our customers. customer.”
This development means Hearts should automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage.