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Munir El Haddadi appeals to switch allegiance from Spain to Morocco

Munir El Haddadi appeals to switch allegiance from Spain to Morocco

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Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to switch allegiance to ahead of the .

The 22-year-old has one cap for Spain, when former Spain coach Vicente del Bosque called him up for Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia, and he made his debut in that match, replacing Koke for the final 13 minutes.

READ: Del Bosque feels guilty for capping Munir

He revealed after that game that he never considered playing for Morocco, however, he is now hoping to switch international allegiance from Spain to Morocco to feature for the African country in the World Cup.

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His previous appeal was turned down by FIFA in March, which made El-Haddadi and the Morocco Football Federation appeal to CAS, who said that they will make a decision by mid-May.

FIFA rules prevent players from switching allegiance once they have played a competitive international match, which the current Deportivo Alaves winger did.

Munir, who was born in Spain and his father is Moroccan, joined Deportivo Alaves on loan from Barcelona last summer and has been in a great form since then.

He managed to score 11 goals and provided seven assists in 31 games across all competitions, helping his club sit 12 points away from the relegation zone as well as guiding them to Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Morocco have qualified for the 2018 World Cup and are placed in group B alongside Portugal, Spain, and Iran. Their opening game will be against Iran, before facing Portugal and Spain respectively.

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