Rabat - The President of Algeria's Wifak Sétif, Hassan Hammar, accused Morocco of hosting an Israeli embassy in Rabat, and added that he supports the Polisario Front, a separatist movement that claims to be the only representative of the Sahrawis, and who seek to establish an independent state in the Western Sahara in southern Morocco.
Rabat – The President of Algeria’s Wifak Sétif, Hassan Hammar, accused Morocco of hosting an Israeli embassy in Rabat, and added that he supports the Polisario Front, a separatist movement that claims to be the only representative of the Sahrawis, and who seek to establish an independent state in the Western Sahara in southern Morocco.
“If you forget us, I want to remind you that we are from the Polisario,” he said.
Hammar accused Raja Casablanca of provoking violence during his team’s African Champions League shootout win on Friday, 1 May 1, adding that he reacted to comments made by members of the Moroccan team in which they allegedly labeled Algerians as “Jews” and of being “children of French fathers and Turkish mothers.”
Hammar added that he had every right as the club’s president to react to the Moroccan delegation and of reminding them that Algerians are pro-Polisario.
Wifak Sétif’s presidentresident also added a political dimension to the controversy when he said that Algerians “are better than Moroccans because they don’t kiss hands.”
The kissing Hammar is referring to is the royal hand kissing seen in Morocco as a mark of respect towards the king and Moroccan royal family.
After the the African Champions League match that pitted Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca against Wifak Sétif in Algeria, an unprecedented wave of violence erupted in the stadium.
According to videos shot by Moroccan television channel, Medi1 TV, Moroccan fans were assaulted by the Algerian police, while Raja of Casablanca players were assaulted by the President of Wifak Sétif.
In an interview with local sports radio channel, Radio Mars, following the game, Raja Casablanca President Mohammed Boudrika said that ten Raja players were injured after being assaulted by the Algerian riot police.
Boudrika said the Casablanca-based team were assaulted and attacked by the Algerian riot police as they were exiting the pitch.
He added that Hassan Hammar made demeaning comments against Moroccans and called them “Jews.”
The second leg of the competition ended like the first, in a 2-2 draw.
The Algerian side has progressed to the next round of the African competition following a 4-1 penalty shootout win.