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Morocco File Complaint With FIFA Over Refereeing In World Cup Semi-final Against France: Reports

Sofiane Boufal receives a yellow card from referee Cesar Ramos.©AFP

Morocco lost 2-0 to France in the second semi-final of the 2022 World Cup on Wednesday. Goals from Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani for defending champions France ended Morocco’s memorable campaign as the first African team to reach the semi-finals of reached a World Cup. The country’s governing body – FRMF – has now lodged an official complaint with FIFA over arbitrators in their loss to France, several media reports have claimed.

Referee Cesar Ramos refused Morocco two penalties in the first half of the semi-final, according to reports. The Athletic quoted a statement from the FRMF as saying: “The FRMF has lodged an official protest with FIFA regarding the grotesque refereeing of the France-Morocco match, especially after the two penalties that were not called for Morocco in the first half .”

The FRMF added on their website that it “will not hesitate to defend our national team’s rights and demand fairness.”

According to the Daily Mail, one of the alleged incidents occurred when Moroccan striker Sofiane Boufal was booked for a foul on French left-back Theo Hernandez in the penalty area. The latter had collided with Boufal in the French box. Referee Ramos gave Boufal a yellow card.

Former England player Rio Ferdinand, commenting for BBC studio, said: “I think there’s a foul somewhere else on the pitch, so why isn’t it a penalty? That’s not OK. I think it’s a pen, that he sure does.” I don’t deserve to be booked.”

With the victory, France will face Argentina in the final on Sunday. Morocco will play against Croatia in the play-offs on Saturday for third place.

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