Written By Liam Morgan | By Insidethegames.biz
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) following the sanctions imposed by the African Football Confederation (CAF) after the country refused to host the African Cup of Nations due to fears over Ebola.
CAF fined the FRMF $1 million (£660,000/€870,000) and banned Morocco from competing at the 2017 and 2019 tournaments. FRMF have called for all of their punishments to be annulled.
Equatorial Guinea stepped in as last minute hosts of this year’s AFCON and as a result the CAF are also looking to recover $9 million (£6 million/€8 million) in damages from FRMF.
The Moroccans have asked for a final decision to be made by the CAS the end of next month.
On hearing the decision of the CAF, the FRMF claimed they were “surprise” as they were under the impressions the penalties would be purely financial.
“The Executive Committee is said to be greatly surprised by the decisions taken by CAF,” a statement read on their website.
“They do not correspond in any way to the conclusions of the first meeting in Cairo with the President of CAF.”
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