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The Court of Arbitration rejects Morocco’s request to let Munir Haddadi join the Atlas Lions

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Munir Haddadi's request to join the Atlas Lions has been rejected today by the Arbitration Court./Ph. DR

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected, Monday, the appeal filed by the Moroccan Royal Football Federation and Spanish-Moroccan forward Munir El Haddadi against FIFA and the Spanish football governing body, says the Court in a press release.

Morocco’s request to allow Barcelona player Haddadi join the Atlas Lions for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been rejected previously by FIFA in March 2018. The «decision is now confirmed and the request to change the sporting nationality of Munir Haddadi from Spain to Morocco remains denied», wrote the court in the same communiqué.

In November, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation has called the Court of Arbitration for Sport to grant Munir El Haddadi a go-ahead to change his allegiance in international football from Spain to Morocco.

Months later, FIFA sent a letter to the Moroccan federation informing them that El Haddadi won’t be able to play with the Moroccan team during the next World Cup competition in Russia.

Munir Haddadi, 22, has played several times with young teams in Spain, but only one time with La Roja. He had been summoned only two weeks after his debut with Barca’s first team by Coach Vicente de Bosque. On the 8th of September, he played during the last 13 minutes of the match against Macedonia (5-1) in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

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