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Achraf Hakimi (left) of Morocco in action during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2023 Group F football match between Morocco and Democratic Republic of Congo at Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pedro, Côte d'Ivoire. /CFP

CAF launches investigation into Morocco and DR Congo’s football federations

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has launched an investigation into the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and Congolese Association Football Federation (FECOFA) over post-match incidents after the Africa Cup of Nations Group F match between Morocco and Democratic Republic of Congo.

CAF, however, did not make any comment on the nature of the investigation.

DR Congo captain Chancel Mbemba and Morocco’s head coach Walid Regragui were involved in an altercation following the match, which ended 1-1. A scuffle between the two teams then broke out in the field and continued in the corridors leading to the locker rooms.

According to the Associated Press, Mbemba suggested to journalists after the game that Regragui had insulted him. Mbemba was then subjected to racist abuse on Instagram.

FECOFA issued a statement condemning the “unacceptable racist attacks towards our captain” and accused the Moroccan players, as well as Regragui, of “impolite remarks” towards Mbemba.

The FRMF responded with a statement of its own expressing regret for all unsportsmanlike acts following the match, and reiterating its commitment to the values of good conduct, ethics, and fair play.

Morocco has already qualified for the Round of 16 and will play Zambia in their final group game on Wednesday. DR Congo will play Tanzania knowing that avoiding defeat will confirm their qualification.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)

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