Moroccan minister sacked over stadium scandal

RABAT – Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Wednesday sacked Youth and Sports Minister Mouhamed Ouzzine against the backdrop of a scandal that erupted last month over a football stadium.

"In light of Article 47 of the constitution, the king has decided to relieve Mr. Mouhamed Ouzzine of his duties as youth and sports minister," read a statement issued by Morocco's royal court.

It added that an investigation into last month's stadium scandal had confirmed Ouzzine's guilt.

During their participation in the FIFA Club World Cup, which Morocco hosted last month, members of a Mexican football team had complained about the lack of a functioning drainage system at Rabat's Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.

Players said the absence of a working drainage system had spoiled the tournament, especially in light of particularly heavy rainfall.

International TV channels had broadcast footage of rainwater being pumped out of the pitch using primitive tools – sparking a national scandal in Morocco.

According to the royal court, Ouzzine's ministry had been "administratively responsible" for the scandal.

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