Morocco player appeals 1-year ban for ref assault

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Morocco defender Abderrahim Achchakir is challenging his one-year FIFA ban for assaulting a referee during a World Cup qualifying match.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the appeal hearing is Nov. 5.

Achchakir confronted Angolan referee Helder Martins de Carvalho and was sent off after Tanzania scored its third goal in a 3-1 victory against Morocco in March.

FIFA says it sanctioned Achchakir for “misconduct against match officials.” Its disciplinary code requires bans of at least six months for assaulting a match official.

Achchakir’s ban through May 13, 2014 covers all international and domestic matches.

The 26-year-old FAR Rabat player would miss the start of his club’s 2014 African Champions League program.

Morocco was eliminated in a World Cup qualifying group won by Ivory Coast.

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