El Haddadi again refused change in Morocco

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El Haddadi again refused change in Morocco

 

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed Fifa's decision to deny Munir El Haddadi permission to play for Morocco.

The Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) had asked Fifa for permission for El Haddadi of Seville to exchange national allegiances with Spain, for which he had played in the past.

The FRMF hoped to take advantage of a recent FIFA rule change that allows players under the age of 21 to switch national teams even if they have played up to three competitive matches.

In September, Fifa decided that El Haddadi had played for the Spanish Under-21 team after his 21st birthday, he did not qualify to move to Morocco.

The CAS has now confirmed this decision, without specifying his reasons, and thus end El Haddadi's chances of playing for the Atlas Lions.

The former Barcelona player trained with Morocco in the last international break before being told he was not allowed to play for them.

El Haddadi had tried to make the switch before the rule change, but was initially prevented from doing so as he had made a cameo as a replacement for Spain in European Championship qualifying.

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Under the old Fifa rules, this appearance prevented him from playing for Morocco - a decision which was also confirmed by CAS.

As El Haddadi was 19 for his only appearance for Spain, the way had seemed clear for a change under the rule change that had been proposed by FRMF.

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The moment Munir El Haddadi (right) entered the field to replace Koke for Spain against Macedonia in 2014

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