The sanctions fell after the match between Morocco and Egypt in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations during which a big fight broke out between the two nations on and off the pitch.
The descent into hell continues for the Moroccan selection. After its shock elimination against Egypt in the quarterfinals of CAN 2021, the national team must answer for its actions and it is not the only one.
The incidents which marked the meeting had serious consequences for the two selections, in particular that of Morocco which will be deprived of one of its key players during the play-offs for the 2022 World Cup which will take place in March.
Indeed, the Disciplinary Jury of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) met on Tuesday to deliberate on the altercations that took place at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé, including that between the Egyptian assistant coach Rogerio Paulo Dos Santos Cesar De Sa and the president of the Moroccan Federation Faouzi Lekjaa.
A general fight ensued during which the Moroccan player Sofiane Boufal and the Egyptian player Marwan Mostafa Daoud were identified.
CAF has thus decided to suspend Moroccan players Soufiane Boufal and Soufiane Chakla for two matches with the national team, because of their violent behavior, to impose a fine of 10,000 dollars on the FRMF for the unidentified aggressors of the aforementioned incident and to issue a call to order to the Moroccan officials present on the bench for their unsportsmanlike behaviour.
On the Egyptian side, it was decided to suspend the Egyptian player Marwan Mohamed Moustafa Dawoud for two matches, namely the CAF semi-final match and the final match in the event of qualification for his violent conduct, and to impose a fine of 5,000 dollars to the Egyptian federation.
Egypt assistant Rogerio Paulo Dos Santos Cesar De Sa has also been suspended for four games for lewd gestures, in addition to a $10,000 fine to the Egyptian FA and a warning to the coach Egyptian, Carlos Quiroz because of his behavior on the bench.
Several incidents also marked this tragic end to the match. The Atlas Lions coach Vahid Halilhodzic had a big altercation with that of the Pharaohs, Carlos Queiroz, pushing security to intervene.
Very angry, Vahid Halilhodzic did not show up at the post-match press conference, arguing that Carlos Queiroz had done the same for the pre-match conference.
The elimination of Morocco at the hands of Egypt has done a lot of damage to Moroccans who hope to find a smile during the play-offs when the national team will face that of the Democratic Republic of Congo.