The Sports Court rejects Al-Haddadi's appeal to play with the Moroccan national team

Today, Friday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected the appeal of the Seville player, Mounir El-Haddadi, to allow him to play for his native country, Morocco.

Al-Haddadi, 25, played with the Spanish national team one game when coach Vicente Del Bosque joined him as a substitute in the 79th minute against Macedonia (5-1) on September 8, 2014 in the 2016 European Cup qualifiers. He was at the height of his footballing debut with the team. The first for FC Barcelona.

It is the second time that Al-Haddadi gets a similar decision after the first before the 2018 World Cup, but FIFA's amendment regarding dual-national players prompted the Moroccan Federation to summon the former Barcelona player.

The new FIFA rules, which were adopted in mid-September, facilitate the issue of changing nationalities, but require players who hold two passports to be under the age of 21 when playing the last match.

On September 23, the FIFA Player Law Committee refused to allow Al-Haddadi to join the "Atlas Lions," and after that, "Cass" refused his appeal.

Last month, FIFA approved, during its 70th conference, the recommendations of the working committee it formed in September 2019 to amend the laws governing the representation of players for their national teams, at the request of many national federations.

In its new amendments, the International Federation stipulated that the player should not have participated in more than a maximum of 3 matches with the national team with which he started his international career, including qualifying matches to international and continental competitions, before reaching the age of twenty-one, in addition to not participating in any A match in an international or continental tournament, such as the World Cup or the European Cup.

FIFA based the refusal of the player's request and the Moroccan Federation on the fact that he participated in three matches with the Spanish U-21 national team, which is two months more than the period that is usually allowed for participation in this category.

”Cass, which is based in Lausanne, said that “The procedures presented to it have been expedited at the request of the two parties, so that the final decision can be taken before the upcoming matches for Morocco in the 2021 African Cup of Nations.

” Cass considered that due to the urgent need to decide the issue, the arbitration panel issued its decision for the reasons that will be announced at a time Later. "

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