Turki Al Sheikh’s series of provocations against Morocco’s sovereignty does not stop.
Rabat – A map of Morocco without Western Sahara may come as no surprise to Moroccans because the football club that posted it is owned by Turki Al Sheikh, the former chairman of the General Sports Authority in Saudi Arabia, who has seemingly held an anti-Moroccan sentiment for a quite some time.
The Egyptian football club, the Pyramids FC, disrespected Morocco’s sovereignty over its southern provinces. The club posted a map yesterday to announce the time of a game between two Egyptian football teams, Zamalek and Pyramids FC.
The map shows the time of the football game in each time zone. The map shows Western Sahara divided from Morocco.
Up to publishing time, the football club has not deleted the provocative map from Facebook and Twitter. Several Moroccans commented on the post, condemning the division of the Moroccan map into two parts.
“Why are you dividing the Moroccan map while it is historically complete from Tangier to El Guira,” one wrote.
Another commenter said that the relationship with “our Egyptian brothers is a relation of brotherhood and love since thousands of years. This [penguin] will not be able to sow enmity and hatred between us,” referring to Al Sheikh.
It is not the first time that Al Sheikh, known for his unfriendly comments towards Morocco, has received backlash for dividing the Moroccan map.
In December 2018, the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA), chaired by Al Sheikh, divided the Moroccan map into three parts, excluding Western Sahara from Morocco.
Al Sheikh’s unfriendly position toward Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup made the move appear intentional.
The official launched a campaign against Morocco during the 2026 World Cup bid last summer.
He also politicized the bid by commenting on the Moroccan neutrality in the Gulf crisis between the Saudi coalition and Qatar.
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) informed Morocco World News in December that it had contacted the Secretariat General of the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) about the mistake of the map.
The UAFA then deleted the map immediately. FRMF is expected to report on the Pyramids’ map again.