Morocco loses appeal to recruit Spain forward El Haddadi
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it dismissed Morocco’s appeal against a FIFA ruling that blocked the Barcelona player from transferring allegiance.
The verdict was given after a hearing on Monday.
FIFA rules prohibit switching nationality after playing in a competitive match.
El Haddadi, who has family ties to Morocco, played for Spain in a 2016 European Championship qualifying game, as a 77th-minute substitute in a 5-1 win over Macedonia.
The 22-year-old El Haddadi is out of favor with Spain and played this season on loan at Alaves.