Morocco football federation files an official complaint to FIFA

Morocco’s football association lodged a protest with FIFA regarding the referee’s choices after their loss to France in Wednesday’s semi-final match.

After suffering a loss against France in the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament, the football federation of Morocco (FRMF) has filed an official complaint with FIFA regarding the referee of the match in Qatar. 

As per the official statement, The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has protested firmly against the judgment of Morocco vs. France’s encounter, which Mr. Cesar Arturo Ramos officiated. The federation said that it had sent a letter to FIFA in regard to the two indisputable penalties. 

They also expressed that, to their great shock, the VAR system did not react to these situations. The FRMF said that it would not spare any effort to defend and preserve the rights of the team selections by giving a fair decision, and it also criticized the decisions taken by the referee during the semi-final match.

During the match, there were several disputable decisions where the referee favored France’s team. One of the alleged events happened when the referee awarded France a free-kick instead of a penalty for Morocco when Sofiane Boufal collided with Hernandez in France’s box. It resulted in a fiery reaction from Walid Regragui’s team. 

The second instant was noted when Selim Amallah, a substitute for the Moroccan team, was dragged into the France side as he anticipated a free-kick delivery. Still, unfortunately, Ramos’s decision was not to award a spot-kick or call for a VAR.

On Wednesday, France defeated Morocco 2-0 in the semi-final match of the ongoing FIFA tournament. The winning goals from Randal Kolo Muani and Theo Hernandez have brought the Moroccans’ dream to an end. 

Morocco’s football team entered Qatar with a great desire to take the trophy home, and their mission was seen in their outstanding performances since the beginning. Their efforts paid off, and the country became the first African nation to enter the semi-final round of the FIFA World Cup.

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