World Cup ticket scandal: El Hidaoui and El Omari receive prison sentences

The two individuals, who were accused of fraud and involvement in the illicit sale of tickets for the Moroccan national team’s World Cup matches, were found guilty by the Aïn Sebaa Court of First Instance. 

 Mohamed El Hidaoui will serve 18 months behind bars, while Adil El Omari will serve 10 months. The sentence follows their alleged involvement in the illegal resale of World Cup 2022 tickets, intended for free distribution to Moroccans in Qatar. 
A media scandal erupted when some of the tickets that were to be distributed to Moroccan fans at the semi-final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar disappeared and ended up on the black market. The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) had distributed 13,000 tickets for the match between the Atlas Lions and the French team. 

According to several Moroccan fans and influencers, hundreds of tickets were snatched up and sold on the black market at exorbitant prices.

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