Morocco can play in 2017 Cup of Nations qualifiers - CAF

Morocco can play in 2017 Cup of Nations qualifiers - CAF
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Published April 6th, 2015 - 14:41 GMT via

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The Confederation of African Football confirmed on Sunday that Morocco will be able to play in the qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

On Thursday the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned CAF's ban on Morocco from the 2017 and 2019 events. But on Friday CAF's director of communications Junior Binyam told BBC Sport: "There are many meetings to be held before the way forward is known.

"Let's see what will happen. The draw is supposed to take place on 8 April."

On Sunday, the Confederation of African Football announced they had accepted the ruling by CAS following a meeting of the African body's executive committee, and outlined the reasons on their website.

"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."

Morocco were suspended from the next two editions of the Nations Cup after they did not host the 2015 event because of their fears over the outbreak of Ebola on the continent.

The Royal Federation of Moroccan Football (FRMF) asked for the finals to be postponed but CAF refused. The tournament was relocated to Equatorial Guinea, only two months before it began, and Morocco were excluded.

In addition Morocco were fined US$1m (£675,000) and ordered to pay 8m euros (US$8.7m, £5.85m) in compensation.

CAS reduced the fine to US$50,000 (£34,000) and said the separate claim for damages "may be examined by another jurisdiction".

When asked about the decision by CAS relating to the financial penalties, Binyam insisted Morocco "still have to pay the compensation".

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