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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Morocco lose appeal to recruit Spain's Munir El Haddadi for World Cup

Morocco's football federation has lost its case against FIFA to recruit Spain forward Munir El Haddadi before the World Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport 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 is of Moroccan descent, played for Spain in a 2016 European Championship qualifier...

FIFA rejects World Cup request by Morocco to select Munir El Haddadi

Alaves' Munir El Haddadi, on loan from Barcelona, in ineligible to play for Morocco.

Morocco's hopes of adding Munir El Haddadi to their World Cup squad have been dashed by FIFA.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) asked the governing body to grant them clearance so that the Barcelona forward could switch his allegiance from Spain to Morocco, the country of Munir's father's birth.

The 22-year-old played for Spain at youth level and made an appearance with La Roja in a Euro 2016 qualifier in September 2014.

"The request made by the Football Federation of Morocco and the...