CAF EXPELS MOROCCO FROM AFCON 2015 FOR REFUSING TO HOST

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has confirmed Morocco will not host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and that they have been banned from participating from the tournament.

Morocco initially asked CAF to move the dates of the competition because of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. But the football body refused and remained adamant, before Morocco eventually pulled out of been the host.

“At its meeting on 11th November 2014 in Cairo, the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has taken note of the response of the Minister of Youth and Sports of the Kingdom of Morocco in a letter dated 8 November 2014 requesting the postponement of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.

“This response clearly indicates that the Royal Moroccan Football Federation reiterated its refusal to hold the competition on the dates indicated (January 17-February 8, 2015).

“Therefore, 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.

“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

They also stated that a new host for the continental competition will be announced soon, after a few countries indicated their interest in hosting.

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