Rabat – Munir El Haddadi doesn’t take no for an answer.
The Moroccan-Spanish football player wants to represent Morocco in the 2018 World Cup in Russia at all costs; he appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) on Tuesday, according to the French sport media Eurosport.
For months, the Royal Moroccan Federation (FRMF) has been attempting to convince International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to give the 22-year-old international player the right to represent Morocco. However, the FIFA Players’ Status Committee rejected the request of the dual Spanish-Moroccan athlete to play with the Atlas Lions.
In response, El Haddadi and the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) appealed to the CAS. They are hoping the Lausanne-based arbitral tribunal to make a decision “in mid-May,” just one month before the start of the World Cup.
Spain will battle Morocco in the first round, along with other group B competitors, Iran and Portugal.
Born to Moroccan parents in Spain, the youngster represented Spain at the youth level and made a brief appearance as a substitute in an international game against Macedonia with the Spanish national team in 2014.
Unfortunately, his substitute appearance ruined his chance to represent the Moroccan national football team, according to the FIFA eligibility committee.
El Haddadi currently plays for the Spanish club Alaves, where he is on loan for the 2017-2018 period.