The committee has apologized for the “unintentional” mistake.
Rabat – The organizing committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN) has extended its apologies to Morocco’s authorities, moroccan football fans, and the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) for including the Polisario flag in their official music video. The committee explained the inclusion as an “unintentional” mistake.
In a statement, the organizing committee offered its apologie for the appearance of an “unrecognized” flag.
The CAN 2019 organizers said that the official video was released “without the approval” of the committee.
“The organizing committee of the competition reaffirms its full respect to the brotherly kingdom of Morocco, and its national sovereignty.”
Moroccan fans were surprised to discover that the official music video entitled “All Together” shows the flag of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)
This is not the first mistake the committee have made concerning Morocco’s territorial integrity, having initially listed Polisario in ticketing system for CAN 2019.
FRMF submitted a letter to the Egyptian football federation, the committee, and the African Confederation of Football (CAF) to protest the move. In response, Egypt removed the separatist group from the ticketing website