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US Embassy in Rabat, TIBU Maroc launch Wheelchair Basketball Tour

Rabat - Continuing a successful four year relationship with the US Embassy in Morocco, the TIBU association was back again with its first 2016 session of the Wheelchair basketball tour. Surprising sports fans and the general public alike, this event aimed to promote the physical and psychological benefits for those disabled in Morocco that are confined to a wheelchair. The tour included matches between club ...

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Morocco Adopts Measures to Face Football Hooliganism

Rabat - The Moroccan government on Wednesday announced a series of preventive and punitive measures to face football hooliganism. The government has adopted a comprehensive strategy to put an end to the repeated vandalism and violent acts in football games, the ministries of Interior and Justice and Liberties said in a joint statement following meetings held on February 2-3 between different parties concern ...

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Match-fixing: FIFA, Interpol to Monitor Moroccan League Matches

By Mohamed Lakdali Fez- The International Federation of Football (FIFA) and INTERPOL assigned 120 observers to follow up cases of match-fixing in various global tournaments, including the Moroccan League. According to Moroccan TV channel Medi1 TV, FIFA asked Mustafa Haddaoui, the head of the Players’ Association, to carry out awareness campaigns and fight fraud between players in the Moroccan League, after ...

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Child Who Wore Messi Plastic Bag Shirt to Meet His Hero

By EL Idrissi Mohamed Rabat - The Afghan Football Federation (AFF) has confirmed that there has been contact between the organization and the FC Barcelona to fix a date for the meeting between the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and the young fan. The internet fell in love with little Murtaza Ahmadi this week, after a photo of the five-year-old from southern Afghanistan with a homemade Messi shirt made out ...

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Dutch Runner Dies of Heart Attack during Annual Half Marathon in Marrakesh

Rabat - An amateur Dutch runner died of a heart attack on Sunday while participating in the 27th annual half marathon of Marrakech, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). Patrick Ahandris, 44, collapsed after suffering a heart attack while running in the event, according to a medical source. The victim received first aid on site before he was transferred to the Ibn Tofail hospital in an unconscious state. D ...

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Kenyan Moses Gaikaria Mbugua Wins Marrakech International Marathon

Marrakech - Kenyan athlete Moses Gaikaria Mbugua on Sunday won the 27th International Marathon of Marrakech. Mbugua crossed the finish line in a time of 2 hours 11 minutes and 41 seconds, ahead of Moroccan Bakari Khamis (2 hours 11 minutes and 54 seconds) and Kenyan Augustine Kipkoech Ronoh (2 hours 12 minutes and 36 seconds). In the women’s category, Ethiopian athletes dominated Marrakech Marathon.  Mijana ...

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Chelsea Fans Vandalize Coffee Shop Owned by an Arab

Casablanca - A shocking video of Chelsea fans vandalizing a coffee shop went viral on Facebook. The video shows  the mob around the wreckage of the coffee shop that was destroyed while boisterously singing their team’s song in unison. An Arab-looking young man, believed to be the owner, is locked up inside the circle formed by the mob, seemingly trying to break loose. According to the Independent, the video ...

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Florentino Perez Bans Ronaldo From Travelling to Morocco

By Daniela Castro New York - Real Madrid President Florentino Perez banned Cristiano Ronaldo from traveling to Morocco due to his poor performance on the pitch, according to El Español. Perez asked the Portuguese football star to stop his weekly trips to Morocco. Four days a week, from Monday to Thursday, at around 3:00pm after each day's morning training session, Ronaldo fled from Madrid to Marrakech, Moro ...

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Spanish Press Mocks Morocco’s National Football Team

New York - The Spanish press is mocking the extravagance of the Moroccan national football team in the African Cup of Nations for local players, known as CHAN, which is taking place in Rwanda. According to Spain’s Mundo Deportivo, the financial and logistical means the Moroccan Football Federation has put at the disposal of the Moroccan team are more in-line with the needs of “Hollywood celebrities” than fo ...

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Badr Hari’s Ex-Partner Estelle Cruyff Allegedly Converts to Islam

Rabat - Estelle Cruyff, Badr Hari’s ex-partner has reportedly converted to Islam, according to Moroccan news outlet Alyaoum24 in its weekend edition. According to the same source, the 37-year old Dutch woman made shahada, or the Islamic declaration of faith affirming the oneness of God and the acceptance of Muhammad as His prophet, during the funeral of the Moroccan kickboxing champion’s sister in Kenitra. ...

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Messi Looking for Boy Wearing His Makeshift Jersey

Rabat - A photo of a child wearing a blue and white striped plastic grocery bag tied at his shoulders with “Messi 10" hand written on the back has captivated thousands online and sparked an international hunt for the child in the photo. The photo of the buzzed-hair little boy with his plastic shirt went viral on social media networks. Some social media users claim that Messi may be sending something to the ...

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Real Madrid Allegedly Forbids Cristiano Ronaldo’s Trips to Morocco

Rabat - Spanish football club Real Madrid’s President, Florentino Pérez, has allegedly forbidden Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s frequent trips to Morocco onboard his private jet. According to Telquel news website, citing Belgian sports site Het Laatse Nieuws on Tuesday, the Real Madrid boss banned CR7’s customary visits to Morocco with his good friend, Moroccan Kickboxing Champion Badr Hari. Pérez ...

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