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Morocco banned from next two editions of the African Cup of Nations

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African Cup of Nations

Morocco have been banned from competing in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the next two tournaments. They have been ordered to pay US $9.05 million in damages apart from being fined US $1 million for refusing to host this year’s AFCON.

Morocco had requested the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone the tournament to 2016, citing health concerns due to the outbreak of Ebola, but the CAF had rejected the request.

Equatorial Guinea replaced Morocco as hosts and Morocco, who had qualified for the tournament as hosts, were expelled for the tournament. A fine of US $100,000 was given to the hosts Equatorial Guinea for crowd trouble during their semi-final loss to Ghana.

The President of Tunisian Football Association, Wadie Jary, was banned from all activities by the CAF for accusing the governing body of cheating after Tunisia’s quarter-final loss to the host nation.

The final of this year’s AFCON will be played between Ghana and Ivory Coast to determine the winner.