Morocco has been handed a 4-year ban from the African Cup of Nations.
This comes after Morocco withdrew from hosting the tournament over fears of Ebola.
CAF fined the North African giants €830,000 and banned them from the 2017 and 2019 editions.
A CAF statement reads:
“Morocco cited the outbreak of the Ebola virus as a case of force majeure in justifying its request for postponement, citing in particular the risk of contamination of its population because of anticipated fans’ flows.
“CAF raised objections and inadmissibility of Morocco’s request who were obliged to state their position of withdrawal from the organization of the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations by 11 November 2014.
“The Executive Committee considered that, contrary to what the Royal Moroccan Football Federation cited, force majeure cannot be accepted for the benefit of the federation. Goal
“Thus, according to the provisions of Articles 7.1.a, 23.11 and 62 of the Statutes of CAF and in accordance with Article 41 of the Application of the Statutes of CAF regulations and according to Article 92.4 of the competition rules and the terms of the Framework Agreement signed for the Orange AFCON 2015, the CAF Executive Committee decided to suspend the national team of Morocco from the next two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, 2017 and 2019, and to impose on the federation the regulatory fine of $1 million.
“The CAF Executive Committee decided by a separate measure to be borne by the Royal Moroccan.
Football Federation the sum of eight million and fifty thousand euro in compensation for all material damage sustained by CAF, stakeholders and partners as a result of the decision not to host AFCON 2015.”