Morocco reject CAF sanctions

Morocco have rejected Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) sanctions following the country's refusal to host the Africa Cup of Nations.

After being fined and sanctioned for refusing to stage this year's Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco's football federation has hit back at the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) and expressed "great surprise" at the decisions.

The north African nation pulled out of hosting duties late last year following disagreements with CAF over the dangers surrounding the Ebola virus.

With Equatorial Guinea stepping in to put on the tournament, CAF confirmed earlier this month that Morocco will be banned from the next two AFCON competitions while also being fined $1million and forced to pay a further €8.5m in damages.

However, following a directors' committee meeting on Tuesday, the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF) stated its surprise at the decisions and its rejection of the sanctions.

"The directors' committee has expressed great surprise at the decisions made by CAF," read a statement on the FRMF website.

"The directors' committee of the FRMF rejects all these sporting and financial sanctions and considers that the decisions taken by the Executive Committee of CAF are against the development of African football, and not based on any statutory basis."