FC Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi and Morocco launch appeal to Court of Arbitration of Sport
Posted: 16 April 2018 Time: 17:50
Morocco and FC Barcelona winger Munir El Haddadi have lodged an appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) against FIFA after he was ruled ineligible to represent the African nation ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Munir, 22, represented the senior Spain national team in 2014 during a European Championship qualifier as a late substitute for 13 minutes but has since been overlooked by national selectors after his career with the Blaugrana stalled.
Now on-loan at LaLiga rivals Alavés, his 11 goals and seven assists in 32 games this season attracted the attention of the Atlas Lions, the nation of his parents birth but FIFA ruling state a player can't switch allegiance after representing a country in a competitive fixture.
The decision has caused an uproar amongst the football fraternity over the strict ruling and calls have been made for FIFA to change their stance on the matter.
CAS has since responded to the appeal, according to BBC football, it will now select a panel of three arbitrators to hear the case.
"Following the hearing, the panel will deliberate and issue a decision in the form of an arbitral award," CAS revealed in an official press release.