CAS overturns Morocco’s 2017 Nations Cup suspension

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Morocco can play in the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld “in large part” their appeal against Confederation of African Football (CAF) sanctions.

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Morocco”s Mehdi Namli (L) celebrates his goal with team mates during their African Nations Cup Group A match against South Africa at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

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“The suspension … of the next two editions of the African Nations Cup, in 2017 and 2019, is annulled, and the fine imposed to the Royal Federation of Moroccan Football is reduced to $50,000,” CAS said in a statement on Thursday.

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CAF had barred Morocco from the 2015 edition, after the country refused to host the competition citing Ebola virus fears, and also banned them from entering the 2017 and 2019 editions while imposing a fine of $1 million.

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