Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Morocco Stripped Of 2015 Afcon Participation Over Ebola Fears

Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football in Rabat, November 3, 2014. Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has confirmed that Morocco will not host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak elsewhere on the continent. The footballing body also stated that Morocco will not be able to participate in next year's tournament

“Having firmly and unanimously notified on 3 November its decision to keep the competition on the dates indicated, the Executive Committee confirmed that the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2015 will not take place in Morocco.” reads a statement on the CAF website.
“The Organising Committee of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations will later apply the statutory provisions that are required due to a breach of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation regulatory and contractual provisions, including those set out in the Host Association Agreement signed between CAF and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation in April 2014.”
Morocco was given until Saturday to decide whether it would host the tournament or not. The country had asked for the cup to be postponed to 2016.
The statement did not state which nation would play host to the tournament but did add that Morocco’s national team would be disqualified from participating.
“Following the refusal of the Moroccan party, the Executive Committee has decided that the national team of Morocco is automatically disqualified and will not take part in the 30th edition of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.”

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