Morocco will be barred from the next two Africa Cup of Nations as punishment for refusing to host the 2015 edition in January-February, Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou said today.
“We are going to stick to the rules, that means elimination from the next two Nations Cups,” Hayatou told France’s L’Equipe sports daily.
“On top of that there will be the financial and moral damages to calculate.”
Morocco are facing a 20 million dollar fine for refusing to host the 2015 Cup in its scheduled January 17-February 8 slot over fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic to the popular tourist destination, Morocco’s Le Matin newspaper suggested this week.
There are 12 qualifiers scheduled for today with defending champions Nigeria needing a victory in Congo Brazzaville to have a realistic chance of qualifying. — (AFP)