7 Feb 2015

Morocco banned from two African Nations Cups

11:04 am on 7 February 2015

Morocco has been banned from the next two African Nations Cup football tournaments, as punishment for withdrawing from hosting the 2015 finals.

Moroccan footballers.

Moroccan footballers. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The country pulled the plug on hosting duties over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.

They asked for the tournament to be delayed until next year, but that request was rejected by the Confederation of African Football.

Morocco's football federation has also been fined more than $12 million in fines and damages.

Replacement hosts Equatorial Guinea have also been fined $136,000 for the behaviour of their supporters during yesterday's violence-strewn semi-final loss to Ghana.

Bottles were pelted at Ghanaian fans when it became clear the hosts were about to be eliminated from the tournament.

Increased security measures have been ordered for tomorrow's final between Ivory Coast and Ghana in Bata.

"We have asked for extra police and security to be put in place," CAF media director Junior Binyam said.

"We want to have a bigger police presence and more guarantees about the safety of spectators."

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