Rabat – June 25 will be a day of mourning for Moroccan football fans as it will mark the last day for Morocco’s Atlas Lions in the 2018 World Cup. The fans who followed the Moroccan team to Russia are expected to protest against the arbitration of the Morocco-Portugal game.
In a Facebook post, the Equipe National du Maroc fan page of the national football team called on Moroccan citizens in Russia to protest the arbitration “injustice” in the Portugal match by lifting banners with clear messages addressed to FIFA.
“We have received many messages saying that the Moroccan fans present in Morocco-Spain match should put a badge on their arms to show our sadness and anger against FIFA and to protest against the scandalous arbitration imposed to Moroccan national team in its meeting with Portugal,” wrote the page in a post published yesterday.
The post received more than 6,000 likes and was shared more than 1,300 times.
The first post by the fan page reads: “We can express anger against the arbitration injustice in the Portugal game in an easy move: raising white wipes or banners with clear messages to FIFA to make it a snapshot of history witnessed by the whole world.”
Moroccan fans expressed dissatisfaction and anger over the “injustice” of the US referee who denied Morocco two penalty kicks in the Morocco-Portugal game.
Morocco lost to Portugal 1-0 on Wednesday, but the penalties could have changed the result and provide Morocco with a shot to move to the next phase of the 2018 World Cup.
Morocco’s team will return home after their game with Spain on June 25 as the Atlas Lions are pointless after their first defeat against Iran on June 15.
Saddened by Morocco’s disqualification, Moroccan football fans launched a petition on Change.org addressed to FIFA to denounce the “unfair” arbitration in the game.
The petition reads: “Anyone who watched the match will realize how much unfair it was: Morocco should’ve had 2 PK [penalty kicks] but no one bothered to check the Var.”