Morocco lodged a complaint with FIFA against France. France defeated Morocco 2-0 in the semifinals. The, which oversees the Moroccan national team, has complained to FIFA about the refereeing decisions made during their 2-0 loss to France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Atlas Lions’ fairytale run came to an end in the semifinal match against the reigning champions, and they will now compete in the third-place game on Saturday.
In their statement, Morocco stated that they were denied two penalties in the match and slammed referee Cesar Ramos for “grotesque refereeing.” The Athletic quoted the Moroccan Federation’s statement as saying (via NDTV); “The FRMF has filed an official protest to FIFA regarding the grotesque refereeing of the France-Morocco match, especially following the two penalties not whistled for Morocco in the first half.”
The Moroccan FA further said on its website; “The Royal Moroccan Football Federation declares that it will not hold back in advocating for fairness in the implementation of the necessary measures in response to the refereeing injustice committed against the Moroccan national team during its World Cup semifinal match against the French national team.”
A particular point of dispute came when Sofiane Boufal was issued a booking for what appeared to be a foul on Theo Hernandez, even though video replays revealed that Boufal had clashed with the French full-back inside the penalty area. On another day, Morocco might have received a penalty, but referee Ramos chose to book the player instead. The Atlas Lions experienced a late comeback in the game, forcing France to play on the defensive with strong attacking intent, but failed spectacularly as their World Cup aspirations were dashed.
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