CAS Overturn Morocco AFCON Ban

Morocco have won their appeal against their bans from the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
According to bbc.com, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the ruling made by the Confederation of African Football after Morocco did not host the 2015 finals.

It has also reduced a fine imposed on the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) from US$1m to 50,000.

However, Caf’s order for FRMF to pay 8m euros (US$8.7m) in damages “may still be examined by another jurisdiction”.

CAF claims it suffered final losses because of the relocation of the 2015 finals from Morocco to Equatorial Guinea – only two months before the start of the event.

Morocco wanted to postpone the tournament because of the outbreak of Ebola in Africa but their request was rejected by CAF, who, as well as moving the event, expelled the team from taking part.

In February African football’s governing body further punished Morocco, whose football federation responded by saying it “rejects all of these sports and financial sanctions” and lodged an appeal with CAS.

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