FRMF’s letter comes after Moroccan fans fumed at conspiracy against Moroccans clubs in continental tournaments.
Rabat- The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) is unhappy with the treatment inflicted on Moroccan clubs in the finals of two continental footballing showpieces.
In a letter it addressed to the CAF president in the aftermath of the African Confederation final between Morocco’s RS Berkane and Egypt’s Zamalek, the FRMF decried the “scandalous” and “shameful” refereeing that cost the Moroccan team a final it should have won had the referee “respected the technical rules of the game.”
The letter, which the FRMF shared on its Facebook page on May 27, adopted a solemn tone to protest the “deplorable” circumstances that saw Morocco’s Berkane lose to its Egyptian counterpart in the penalty shootout.
According to FRMF, the game between the two sides was fraught with “bad interpretation and application of the rules.” In addition to controversially favoring the Egyptian side in the course of the game, the letter suggested, the referee “shamefully” ignored a rule that cost Berkane the penalty shootout.
“In the penalty shootout that sealed the game, Zamalek’s goal keeper move from his line before the shot while the rule stipulates that he should stay on the line and face the penalty shooter until the ball is kicked,” FRMF explained.
It added that while VAR’s intervention helped the referee spot the Zamalek keeper’s anticipated move, the referee failed to follow up on the decision by not yellow carding the keeper.
Mahmoud Abderrahim Janach, Zamalek’s goalkeeper, had already been given yellow card during the game, and a second yellow would have resulted in a red car, synonymous with expulsion.
FRMF is consequently reproaching the Ethiopian referee of the match to have “allowed a player who should have been expelled to continue to play and influence the outcome of the match.”
FRMF’s letter comes amidst CAF-condoned conspiracy complaints among Moroccan fans.
On Saturday, a day before the Berkane-Zamalek game, another Moroccan club, Wydad of Casablanca, took on Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis in the first leg of the African champion’s league final. The game was fraught with controversial referee decisions in favor of the Tunisian side.
In response, FRMF addressed CAF a letter in which it equally denounced the unfair treatment inflicted upon Wydad and requested that CAF “take necessary measures” to prevent a repeat in the second leg.