Lausanne - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday scrapped
sanctions dished out by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to
Morocco, freeing the North African country to play in the 2017 and 2019
Africa Cup of Nations.
CAF hit Morocco's football federation
(FRMF) with the ban and a fine of $1 million after it
decided not to host the 2015 Cup of Nations amid fears over the Ebola
CAS said it "has upheld the appeal in a large proportion".
sanctions imposed by the CAF on the FRMF have been set aside, with the
exception of the fine, which is however reduced to $50 000."
had also ordered the Moroccan federation to pay $9 million
"for damages caused to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and
And CAS, the highest appeal court in world sport, said
the "question related to the compensation of the possible damage caused
by the FRMF to the CAF may still be examined by another jurisdiction".
Moroccan federation had called for the 2015 tournament, eventually
moved at the last minute to Equatorial Guinea and won by Ivory Coast on
February 8, to be delayed as concerns over the potential spread of the
Ebola virus grew, and then declined to host it when that delay was not
The African division of global players' union FIFPro have hit out at African football bosses for their treatment of Morocco.