RABAT: Morocco have finally won their fight for the right to select Seville winger Munir El Haddadi for their national team.
World football federation FIFA has reportedly accepted the outcome of the Moroccans’ appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in November.
Munir, 25, played the last minutes of Spain’s 5-1 victory over North Macedonia in 2014 in Valencia which, in theory, disqualified him from representing another national team as this was a qualifying match for Euro 2016.
The Moroccan Federation believed that Munir, since he was not 21 at the time, should still have been eligible to play for his parents’ country.
However they failed to win permission to select him for the 2018 World Cup and then again, last November, for two friendlies against Senegal and Congo.
Munir will continue to count as a ‘Spanish national’ for European club tournaments because he has played throughout his academy years with Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid.