U.S. Judge Claims that Morocco Bribed FIFA to Host 1998 World Cup

Rabat - Morocco allegedly paid $1 million dollars in bribes to host the 1998 World Cup, according to a U.S indictment against 14 current and former FIFA officials. The bribe was paid to FIFA executives Chuck Blazer and Jack Warner in exchange of supporting Morocco in its bid to host the 1998 World Cup, alleges a 164-page year-long U.S indictment detailing the charges that led to the arrests in Switzerland o ...

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South Africa Paid $10 Million Bribe to Take 2010 World Cup Away from Morocco

Rabat- US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday that Corrupt FIFA officials took bribes during the process that awarded the 2010 edition of the World Cup to South Africa. "Around 2004, bidding began for the opportunity to host the 2010 World Cup, which was ultimately awarded to South Africa, the first time the tournament would be held on the African continent," she was quoted by AFP as saying. "But ...

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Switzerland: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges

By Sara Gomez On Wednesday six soccer officials, not including FIFA President Sepp Blatter, were arrested and detained by Swiss police following a U.S. corruption probe on suspicion of having received or paid bribes “totaling more than USD 100 million,” and linked to the 1990’s World Cup soccer tournaments, said the Swiss Federal Office of Justice. But the trouble for the FIFA franchise didn’t start or stop ...

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Badou Ezzaki announces Morocco squad to play against Libya

Rabat - Head coach of the national football team Badou Ezzaki has announced his squad for Morocco's first 2017 African cup qualification fixture against Libya. The Moroccan coach called up 28 players, including AC Milan's wonderkid Hachim Mastour and Al-Ahli Dubai's Oussama Assaidi. Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh has been left out of Morocco's squad for the 2017 African Cup qualifier against Libya on Jun ...

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Two Raja of Casablanca Fans Given 6 Months Prison Sentence in Algeria

Rabat - Two Raja of Casablanca supporters who were arrested in Algeria earlier this month have been sentenced to six months imprisonment. Mohamed Yassir Malki and Salmane Elassri were arrested by Algerian authorities upon arrival at Algiers Airport on May 1st. They travelled to Algeria to watch the African Champions League fixture that pitted the Casablanca-based team against Wifak Sétif. The pair was sente ...

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Real Madrid Terminates Carlo Ancelotti’s Contract

Rabat- Florentino Perez, the President of Real Madrid, informed Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti that the club has decided to terminate his contract. According to Spanish media, Flotentino Perez held a meeting with the Italian coach this afternoon and informed him that he will no longer be Real Madrid’s coach. The decision was made public during a press conference held by Florentino at 8 pm local time. "I want ...

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Morocco’s Hassane Ahouchar wins Copenhagen Marathon

Rabat - Moroccan Marathon runner Hassane Ahouchar won the 36th annual Copenhagen Marathon in 2 hours 15 minutes and 24 seconds on Sunday. Fikadu Kebebe from Ethiopia came second in the men's event with a time of 2 hours 15 minutes and 38 seconds, while Morocco's Lahcen Mokraji ended third in 2 hours 18 minutes and 50 seconds. Kenyan Nancy Jebet Koech took the women title with a time of 2 hours 33 minutes an ...

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World Masters Judo Mohammed VI Kicks Off in Rabat

Rabat  -  World Judo Masters Mohammed VI kicked off, Saturday at the Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, with the participation of top 250 world judo players, including Olympic champions representing sixty countries. This event, held Saturday and Sunday under the aegis of the International Judo Federation (IJF), is listed in the World Judo Tour and qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de ...

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Hachim Mastour to Play With Morocco Against Libya

Rabat - The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) said it has received guarantees that AC Milan's wonderkid Hachim Mastour will join the Moroccan national team once his name is included in Badou Ezzaki's official squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Libya on June 12 in Agadir, in southern Morocco. Mastour, who has already played for the Italian under-16s, has been included i ...

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Run to the Rhythm of Sacred Music

Fez - The 21st Annual Fes Festival of World Sacred Music will kick off this weekend with a variety of events and concerts that draw thousands of visitors from around the world to Morocco’s spiritual capital every year. The nine-day music festival will provide patrons with a chance to experience the enchantment of curated music concerts while exploring some of the city’s historical venues. Visitors looking t ...

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Casablanca to Host Second Annual Half Marathon

Fez - The coastal city will welcome thousands of runners on a 21-kilometer race around the city this Sunday, May 24. Following the success of Casablanca’s half marathon last year, the Casablanca Athletics League hopes to provide runners with another international marathon set to the streets of Morocco’s largest city. The athletics association launched the initiative for this race to further develop the spor ...

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I am Happy to Play for Morocco: Hachim Mastour

Rabat- Hachim Mastour, a Moroccan players who plays with AC Milan, expressed his happiness to be called up by the Badou Ezzaki, head coach of Morocco’s national team, ahead of of the African Cup of Nations first qualifying match against Libya next June 12 in Agadir. “I am happy to join the Moroccan national team and it is something wonderful, even if I Played for Italy’s U-16 team,” he was quoted by Egypt’s ...

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