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Morocco appeal against AFCON ban

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appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport () against the sanctions imposed on them by .

After failing to host the 2015 , Morocco was banned from the 2017 and 2019 editions of the tournament. In addition, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) was fined $1 million for refusing to host the tournament and $9 million in compensation for the damages incurred by CAF and its partners.

The North African country had requested the delay of the 2015 tournament due to fears over the spread of Ebola, but following CAF’s ultimatum, the country refused to host the tournament.

The 2015 AFCON was eventually hosted on time by Equatorial Guinea, as Ivory Coast won their second title.

The FRMF now demands the removal of all sanctions by the end of next month. The CAS  issued a statment confirming the opening of an arbitration procedure.

“In its appeal to the CAS, the FRMF requests the annulment of the challenged decisions and that a final award be issued by the end of March 2015,” said the CAS in a statement.

Morocco may take their case further, “We have taken our case to the CAS and we will soon take it to the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris,” said FRMF spokesman Mohamed Makrouf.

It is worth noting that the draw for the 2017 AFCON Qualifiers will take place in early April 2015.

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