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CAF highlight 'contradictions' in CAS’s Morocco ruling

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) lifted Morocco’s ban from the next two Cup of Nations and $1 million fine imposed by the CAF after their refusal to host the 2015 edition, amid fears of Ebola

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 Apr 2015
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The Confederation of African Football announced they are committed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling regarding the case brought before it by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), despite 'contradictions'.

"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," the Confederation stated Sunday after their meeting.

CAS verdict lifted Morocco’s ban from the next two Cup of Nations and $1 million fine imposed by the CAF after their refusal to host the 2015 edition, amid fears of Ebola.

"The Ebola outbreak did not make it impossible for the AFCON to be organised in Morocco," CAF stated, adding they had already indicated that the force majeure assertion by FRMF could not be accepted and 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 CAF explained.

The Confederation meeting agreed that "the CAS reached the same conclusions as the CAF Executive Committee but decided to annul the sanctions imposed."

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