Rabat – In the aftermath of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN-2023) clash between Morocco and Congo, the Congolese Football Federation (FECOFA) has officially communicated its respect for the decision of the Appeals Board of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The decision pertains to the disturbances that occurred post-match and involved both national teams.
A letter addressed to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) from FECOFA underlines that the Appeals Board’s ruling conclusively brings an end to the controversy surrounding the disturbances. It reflects the commitment of the Congolese Football Federation to maintaining “close” relations with the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, emphasizing joint efforts for the development of football in both nations.
The communication from FECOFA comes in the wake of the Appeals Board’s decision to overturn the disciplinary action previously taken against Morocco’s head coach Walid El Regragui.
The CAF Appeals Board annulled the four-match suspension initially imposed on Coach Walid Regragui. This penalty was a consequence of the post-match disturbances following the Morocco – DR Congo fixture, which ended in a 1-1 draw during the second round of the group stage of CAN 2023.
Additionally, the Appeals Board nullified the previously imposed fine against the Regragui. This decision followed hearings on pleas presented by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.
Notably, the CAF Disciplinary Committee had earlier decided to suspend Walid Regragui for four matches. Regragui had observed the Morocco-Zambia match from the stands of the Laurent Pokou Stadium in San-Pédro.