Regragui taken to task by CAF

Regragui taken to task by CAF
Walid Regragui, head coach of Morocco during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations press conference for Morocco at Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pedro, Cote dIvoire on 23 January 2024 ©BackpagePix

by Thando Mpembe

Thursday Jan 25, 2024. 15:00

Morocco head coach Walid Regragui has been fined $5,000 and handed a four-match suspension for his part in the altercations with DR Congo on Sunday, January 21.

A tense Group F match finished 1-1 at the Laurent Pokou Stadium in San-Pedro and tempers flared after the final whistle as both camps clashed on the pitch.

The incident kicked off when Regragui became involved in a heated argument with Leopards captain Chancel Mbemba, who was also pursued by Atlas Lions players as he headed down the tunnel afterwards.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) issued $20,000 fines to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and Congolese Association Football Federation (FECOFA), while punishing Regragui for his actions.

The 48-year-old tactician served the first of his two-match ban against Zambia on Wednesday, January 24, with the other two games having been suspended for a year. He will also be absent from the touchline for Morocco’s meeting with South Africa in the last 16 on Tuesday, January 30.

The FRMF will appeal CAF’s ruling after describing it as “incomprehensible” due to the “fact that coach Regragui did not violate the values of fair play”.

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