16 November 2013

Morocco: Fifa Rejects Moroccan President Appointment

FIFA's Emergency Committee has annulled the election of Fouzi Lekjaa as the new president of the Moroccan Football Federation, world football's governing body said in a statement Friday.

FIFA accused the Moroccan federation (FRMF) of failing to adopt the correct statutes before organising the election.

"The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today, 15 November 2013, not to recognise the elections held by the Moroccan Football Association (FRMF) on 10 November 2013," said the FIFA statement.

"The decision was taken in view of the fact that the FRMF had not fulfilled its duty to comply with FIFA directives (article 13, par. 1 a) of the FIFA Statutes).

"FIFA has asked the FRMF to adopt statutes in conformity with the FIFA Standard Statutes before organising new elections in the first half of 2014. In the meantime, the outgoing Executive Committee will be in charge of managing the FRMF."

FIFA stipulated, however, that the decision would have no effect on the Club World Cup, which takes place in Morocco from December 11-21.

Ali Fassi Fihri, who did not stand for re-election after just one term of office, will remain in charge until the next elections can be organised.

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