CAF and CAS must agree to add Morocco in 2017 AFCON qualifiers

CAF boss Issa Hayatou
CAF boss Issa Hayatou

CAF on Sunday announced that they will comply with the CAS decision to uphold the appeal of the Moroccan FA in a large part.

CAF boss Issa Hayatou
CAF boss Issa Hayatou

The Morocco?s national team had been suspended from the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and its football association heavily fined by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after the Cherifian kingdom refused to host the 2015 AFCON finals over fears of the Ebola virus.

However, most of the sanctions imposed by CAF on the Moroccan FA were set aside by the Court of Arbitration for Sports on April 2, following the appeals procedure initiated by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation against CAF.

?Meeting in Cairo this day, the Executive Committee of the Conf?d?ration Africaine de Football (CAF) took note of the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of 2nd April, 2015 in the case brought before it by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF),? CAF reported this Sunday.

?The Executive Committee noted that the CAS established that the Royal Moroccan Football Federation could not invoke ?force majeure? in that the Ebola outbreak did not make it impossible for the AFCON to be organized in Morocco. In addition, the CAS admitted that the FRMF was responsible for the violation of Article 7 paragraph 1 a) of the statutes of CAF.

?It should be recalled that the Executive Committee of CAF, in its decision of 6 February, 2015 in Malabo, had already indicated that the force majeure assertion by FRMF could not be accepted and that the Royal Moroccan Federation was guilty of infringing Article 7 paragraph 1 a) of CAF statutes.

?It should also be noted that the CAS considered Morocco?s non-participation in AFCON2015 as a sanction. However, the ?A? national team of Morocco qualified for the AFCON because Morocco was the host of the competition. Therefore it automatically lost its qualification for 2015 following the country?s decision to renounce the right to organize the tournament.

?The CAS therefore reached the same conclusions as the CAF Executive Committee but decided to annul the sanctions imposed.
CAF, which joined the authority of the jurisdiction of the CAS, has committed to implementing the decisions and will comply with this ruling despite the contradictions observed in the CAS decision.?


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