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Wednesday, 24 January 2024 22:02

Morocco coach Walid Regragui banned for 4 games with 2 suspended.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Morocco coach Walid Regragui has been given a four-game ban — with two suspended — following heated scenes at the end of the team’s Africa Cup of Nations game against Congo, the Moroccan soccer federation said Wednesday.

Two matches of his ban have been suspended for a year, but the 48-year old will miss Morocco's final Group F game against Zambia at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals on Wednesday (20:00 GMT).

The sanctions relate to "post-match incidents" following Morocco's 1-1 draw with DR Congo on Sunday, which Caf said it was investigating external.

In a statement, the Moroccan football federation (RMFF) described Caf's decision as "incomprehensible" because of "the fact that coach Regragui did not violate the values ​​of fair play".

The RMFF also confirmed it would appeal against external Caf's decision - one which African football's governing body has not yet publicly announced.

Morocco were already assured of a place in the last 16 before facing Zambia in San Pedro, but Regragui will also miss their last-16 game unless the RMFF's appeal is successful.

Atlas Lions assistant Rachid Benmahmoud will replace Regragui on the touchline against the Chipolopolo.

The match between Morocco and DR Congo at the Stade Laurent Pokou in San-Pedro was a tense affair as scuffles broke out between both sets of players following the full-time whistle.

Morocco came into Afcon 2023 as one of the favourites for the title after becoming the first African team to reach a World Cup semi-final at Qatar 2022.