AFCON AFCON 2023: CAF Overturns Regragui Suspension

The CAF Appeal Committee has overturned the suspension and $5,000 fine handed on Morocco head coach Walid Regragui.

This was confirmed by the Football Federation of Morocco on Friday .

Regragui was punished for bringing the competition into disrepute and received a four-match penalty with two games suspended.

Regragui will return to the bench for Tuesday’s matchup against South Africa in the round of 16 as a result of the decision.

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Regragui was forced to witness his country’s last group match against Zambia on Wednesday from the stands.

After their Group F match in San Pedro on Sunday, Regragui, who captained his country to the World Cup semifinals in 2022, got into an altercation with Democratic Republic of Congo captain Chancel Mbemba on the pitch.

The event allegedly resulted in fights in the stadium tunnel, which was hidden from public view, and altercations between rival players and staff on the pitch.

At the conclusion of the game, Regragui went to shake Mbemba’s hand, but he grabbed onto it while he tried to argue with the defence, who kept trying to draw away before exploding.

That resulted in chaos following a 1-1 tie.

He insulted me and my assistant on the sidelines before the end of the match,” Regragui told reporters.

“And in the end, despite that, I went to shake his hand but also to ask him: ‘Why are you talking to me like that?’.

Then he looked away like he didn’t want to shake my hand,” he added.

“He claimed I had called him an idiot but I never said that.

He should be a little honest with himself.”

The Moroccan football association protested the ruling, although it did so just a few hours before the match against Zambia, where Regragui was speaking to his bench from the VIP stand while assistant Rachid Ben Mahmoud took his place on the sidelines.

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