Munir El Haddadi will not represent Morocco at the 2018 World Cup after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected his appeal to switch allegiance from Spain to the North African nation.
Munir hamstrung by 13-minute cameo
The 22-year-old, currently on loan at Alavés from Barcelona, represented Spain for 13 minutes in a competitive fixture against Macedonia in 2014. He has not won a cap since.
Munir has attempted to transfer his sporting nationality to Morocco, the country of his father's birth, yet is prohibited from doing so because of that single appearance for La Roja.
Morocco loses El Haddadi case at CAS today. So Munir El Haddadi could not switch allegiance for the World Cup after playing a competitive game for Spain. pic.twitter.com/tHcEUxuHze— Abdellah Aârab (@AbdellahAarab_) 14 May 2018
FIFA denied his request to represent Morocco earlier this year and the CAS has now reinforced that decision.
Vicente del Bosque, the coach who handed Munir his Spain debut, has admitted the he feels culpable for the player's current predicament.