To announce the players selected for the September international matches, the Dutch team, Ajax Amsterdam tweeted a map separating Morocco and Western Sahara.
Rabat – Prior to competing in international championships, European clubs announce their selection of players on social networks. Ajax Amsterdam tweeted their selection on September 2.
❌❌❌ all over the world! 🌍
Wish our boys good luck in the comments…📮 pic.twitter.com/sruWQn47Ml
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) September 2, 2019
The selections of the various continental confederations are preparing to play the qualifiers of the World Cup 2022 (Africa and Asia), and the Euro 2020 (Europe).
The Dutch club posted on its Twitter account an infographic of the world map with a photo of each player in front of his home country. The map, however, showed a line separating Morocco from Western Sahara.
Some Internet users replied to Ajax’ tweet, pointing out the separation line and demanding its rectification.
One user posted a zoomed version of the map asking the club for “a small correction here please.” Another user replied with a corrected map labeling it, “my country.”
Een klein correctie hier AUB 👇 pic.twitter.com/xdjmsMPhIb
— Hassan (@Hassanon_) September 4, 2019
My country 🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦 pic.twitter.com/GOipJUxlSh
— Lahcen Bensmain (@bensmain_lahcen) September 2, 2019
This is not the first time that a European club posts a divided map of the Kingdom. During the last African Cup of Nations, AC Milan wanted to wish good luck to its player Franck Kessie in Morocco vs Ivory Coast match. However, the club put a Moroccan map without the Sahara.
Facing a wave of negative comments from Moroccans, the Italian club removed the controversial Facebook post.
In December 2018, Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) also tweeted a divided Moroccan map. The map showed the football clubs that qualified for the eighth round of the Zayed Champions Cup including Morocco’s Raja Casablanca (RCA).