Morocco’s punishment for withdrawing from hosting the 2015 AFCON has been expanded. they had late last year been banned from the 2015 and 2017 tournament but on Friday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said they Morocco would also not be part of the 2019 tournament.
That is not all. the country was also fined $1 million which CAF described as “regulatory,” and another €8.05 million fine “in compensation for all material damage sustained by CAF, stakeholders and partners.”
A statement released on CAF’s official website read:
The CAF Executive Committee, meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on the side lines of the 30th edition of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations took action on the refusal of Morocco to host this competition as scheduled and agreed i.e. from 17 January to 8 February 2015.
Morocco had based its request to postpone the tournament by a year on 10 October, 2014, on allegations ‘of the highest health risk.’ Morocco cited the outbreak of the Ebola virus as a case of force majeure in justifying its request for postponement, citing in particular the risk of contamination of its population because of anticipated fans’ flows.
CAF raised objections and inadmissibility of Morocco’s request who were obliged to state their position of withdrawal from the organization of the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations by 11 November 2014. The Executive Committee considered that, contrary to what the Royal Moroccan Football Federation cited, force majeure cannot be accepted for the benefit of the federation.