Morocco head coach Vahid Halilhodžić says certain European clubs have threatened their players about the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Nations Cup has often drawn the ire of European clubs due to it being hosted in January whilst several leagues enter the second half of their campaigns.
Liverpool, for example, will lose two of their biggest talents in the form of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who will represent Egypt and Cameroon respectively in Cameroon next month.
And the Atlas Lions manager admits he’s heard of clubs issuing players ultimatums that their careers could be affected by honouring call-ups which the clubs itself cannot reject.
“The players are obliged to come to the national team, but all the clubs do everything so that the players do not come, some have threatened players, told them that they could lose their place, be transferred,” Halilhodzic said, as per AFP.
“For my part, if the player does not come, that means that his attachment to the national team is not present enough. He can say goodbye to the national team.”
Morocco have been drawn with Ghana, Comoros and Gabon in Group C with their campaign set to kick off on January 10 against the Black Stars at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.