GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has rejected a request from the Moroccan soccer federation to let Munir El Haddadi change nationality from Spain regardless of easing its eligibility guidelines final month.
The choice might be challenged by Morocco and the participant on the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport, soccer’s world governing physique stated Thursday.
Any attraction could be the second for Morocco and El Haddadi towards FIFA at sport’s highest courtroom. They misplaced a earlier ruling weeks earlier than the 2018 World Cup — a case that was a consider FIFA revisiting its nationwide eligibility guidelines for gamers.
Two years in the past, FIFA’s guidelines certain El Haddadi to Spain as a result of he had performed a single aggressive recreation for the senior nationwide workforce. As a 19-year-old Barcelona participant in 2014, he was a late substitute in a European Championship qualifying recreation.
FIFA’s member federations voted final month for relaxed guidelines to assist gamers with a number of nationalities change allegiance. El Haddadi was born in Spain and has Moroccan household ties.
The situations embrace that: a participant appeared not more than thrice for a senior nationwide workforce; none of these video games was at a significant event; at the least three years have handed since enjoying for the senior nationwide workforce; the participant didn’t symbolize his first nation after turning 21.
Morocco known as up El Haddadi final week to play in two friendlies through the present worldwide interval, together with towards Senegal on Friday in Rabat.
The Sevilla ahead’s look for Spain’s senior workforce is now not a barrier to his meant change.
Nevertheless, there is a matter along with his video games for Spain’s Below-21 workforce in European qualifiers after he turned 21 in September 2016.
The brand new FIFA rule requires “on the time of being fielded for his final match in an official competitors in any sort of soccer for his present affiliation, he had not turned 21 years previous.”
Since FIFA made its ruling final month, El Haddadi posted a clip on his Twitter account expressing because of Spain and looking out towards the Morocco flag.
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