Rabat - A Moroccan fan was arrested after the Morocco-Spain game on Monday, June 25, for wearing a shirt with the message “Shame on you FIFA.” The Moroccan fan, who bears an American passport, was later released.
Rabat – A Moroccan fan was arrested after the Morocco-Spain game on Monday, June 25, for wearing a shirt with the message “Shame on you FIFA.” The Moroccan fan, who bears an American passport, was later released.
In a video published on his Instagram account, the Moroccan-American Yassine Omairy shared a video in which he was ambushed by a FIFA representative asking him to remove his shirt.
“A FIFA representative forced me to remove my T-shirt but guess what FIFA, thanks to this video and thanks to social media the whole world will hear our voice Loud and Clear.. let’s all share! Shame On You FIFA.” he wrote.
Following the altercation, the Moroccan fan was arrested by the police who confiscated his passport. He was released a few hours later, thanks to the intervention of the American and Moroccan embassies, as he explained on Facebook.
“Thank god I got my passport back! I’m ok now, too bad I was not able to watch the whole game. Thanks to all my friends that called to check on me and many thanks to the Moroccan & the US Embassy as well . I don’t have any regrets or doubts about what I did and to be completely honest, I would do it again… I’m pretty sure you all feel the same way.”
Just like the Atlas Lions, their coach, and Moroccan fans across the world, Yassine Omairy wanted to raise his voice about the controversial use of VAR and the refereeing in the Morocco-Portugal game, that led to the national team’s exit from the 2018 World Cup.