Rabat - Munir El Haddadi is officially out of the competition. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has delivered its verdict, destroying El Haddadi’s dream of wearing the national team’s colors for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Rabat – Munir El Haddadi is officially out of the competition. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has delivered its verdict, destroying El Haddadi’s dream of wearing the national team’s colors for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The CAS rejected the request of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) in a hearing held on Monday, without providing an explanation.
“The CAS panel in charge of arbitration held a hearing in Lausanne today. After deliberating, the Panel issued its decision, without the grounds. The reasoned award with the grounds will be issued in due course,” the CAS wrote in a statement.
Born to Moroccan parents in Spain, El Haddadi represented Spain at the youth level and made a brief appearance as a substitute in an international game against Macedonia with the Spanish national team in 2014.
Unfortunately, his substitute appearance may have ruined his chance to represent the Moroccan national football team, according to the FIFA eligibility committee.
For months, the FRMF has been attempting to convince the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to give the 22-year-old the right to represent Morocco.
Back in November, the dual Spanish-Moroccan athlete visited FIFA officials in person to appeal that they “defend the rights of binational players.”
However, the FIFA Players’ Status Committee rejected El Haddadi’s request to play with the Atlas Lions. FRMF and El Haddadi decided then to appeal to the CAS.
El Haddadi currently plays for the Spanish club Alaves, where he is on loan for the 2017-2018 period.