Rabat - The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) is looking for a reasonable explanation from FIFA regarding the alleged unfair refereeing against Morocco’s Atlas Lions during their participation in the 2018 World Cup.
Rabat – The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) is looking for a reasonable explanation from FIFA regarding the alleged unfair refereeing against Morocco’s Atlas Lions during their participation in the 2018 World Cup.
BeIN Sports journalist Julien Chaput announced FRMF’s decision on his Twitter yesterday.
“The Moroccan Federation decides to seize the @FIFAcom and asks for explanations on the referring errors of which the Moroccan selection was victim.”
To back its arguments, FRMF is expected to address several videos to FIFA.
La Fédération Marocaine décide de saisir la @FIFAcom et demande des explications sur les erreurs d’arbitrage dont la sélection marocaine a été victime. A l’appui plusieurs vidéos ont été transmises au dossier ! #MAR #CM2018 @beinsports_FR
— Julien Chaput (@Julienchaps) June 27, 2018
Morocco’s performance during the first round of the World Cup received loud applause worldwide, with footballers and journalists criticizing FIFA and the absence of video assisted referee (VAR) in favor of Morocco in the competition.
In its two latest games, Morocco’s football team was shocked as the referees denied them a set of penalties that could have qualified them for the next round.
On June 25, the referees awarded an equalizer to Spain, even though the corner-kick preceding the final goal of the match should have been played from the right side.
International media, including Le Parisien, heavily criticized the refereeing during the game.
In the Portugal-Morocco game on June 20, the referee refused to use VAR three times as Portuguese footballers committed obvious mistakes that could have resulted in penalty kicks for Morocco.
After the game, FIFA issued a statement to deny that Mark Geiger, the US referee in Morocco- Portugal game, was biased towards Portugal, saying the referee acted in “an exemplary and professional manner as an appointed match official.”
FIFA also rejected claims made by Moroccan footballer Nordin Amrabat that the US referee asked for “the shirt of the captain of Portugal” during the game.
FRMF has not issued any statement to condemn the referee’s mistakes yet. However, French journalists wrote anti-FIFA statements condemning the failure to use VARin the games.
Herve Penot of the French football outlet L’Equipe took to his Twitter to denounce the unfavorable refereeing against Morocco in both games.
“The referees have a concern with Morocco or there was a will to see Spain and Portugal” in the next phase of the tournament, wrote Penot.