Morocco’s AFCON Drama: Coach Walid Regragui Slapped with Four-Match Ban Amidst On-Field Chaos
Morocco’s national football team faced a tumultuous turn of events as their coach, Walid Regragui, was slapped with a four-match ban, with two matches suspended, just hours before their crucial final group match at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as confirmed by officials from the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The ban stemmed from an on-field altercation between Regragui and Democratic Republic of Congo captain Chancel Mbemba during their Group F match in San Pedro.
The incident triggered scuffles between players and staff, both on and off the pitch, leading to a heated atmosphere that extended into the tunnel at the stadium. Despite the ban, Morocco managed to secure a 1-0 victory against Zambia in their final group stage encounter, showcasing resilience and determination on the field.
The triumph not only marked a standout performance for Morocco in the AFCON but also played a crucial role in Ivory Coast’s qualification, as the final moments of the group stage unfolded. Morocco’s football federation promptly announced their intention to appeal the decision, indicating their dissatisfaction with the ban imposed on Regragui. The post-match incidents are currently under investigation by CAF, although specific charges against Regragui have not been disclosed as of now.