Rabat – Following Morocco’s Royal Football Federation’s (FRMF) denial, the Parliament’s House of Representatives and House of Councillors have issued a joint statement to deny allegations that 50 Moroccan parliamentarians traveled to Russia at the expense of public funds.
“No parliamentarian has traveled to attend the World Cup in Russia at the expense of the budget of both Houses of Parliament,” the statement said.
On Sunday, Moroccan news outlet Hespress reported that at the expense of the state and taxpayers,50 members of Parliament were granted free tickets and hotel stays to support the Moroccan World Cup effort in Russia.
The news sparked uproar as social media users criticized the government and FRMF.
The parliament called on news sources to “show professionalism and investigate the accuracy of this news before publishing it.” The statement also urged news outlets to avoid fake information that “harms the institution of parliament and the image of the national sport in our country.”
FRMF also denied the claims, publishing a statement on Sunday to denounce the allegations.
Stating this information “is completely unfounded,” and emphasized that the federation had only invited the family members of players, members of the federation, and former Moroccan football stars.
The football association also invited news outlets to “check the accuracy of this kind of information that undermines the image of Moroccan football and its leaders.”
Moroccan political party Justice and Development Party (PJD) also denounced the allegations through a statement published on Sunday.
The party President to the House of Representatives Idriss Azami said that none of his members traveled to Russia at the expense of the state.
He said that he did not receive any offer, emphasizing that members of his party “cannot accept any such offers at the expense of public funds.”