Morocco have lodged an official complaint to FIFA over their 2-0 loss to France in Wednesday’s semi-final showdown and are demanding a rematch as they cite poor officiating.
The African nation had conceded just a single goal all tournament prior to facing the defending champions and rue the fact that they were not given two penalties they felt they should have been awarded.
Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani’s goals saw the French book a place in the final. But Morocco aren’t going away quietly and have expressed displeasure with some of the decisions made by match referee Cesar Ramos.
Ramos booked Sofiane Boufal after he collided with Hernandez in France’s penalty area during the first half. However, replays show that Hernandez was the one who initiated the contact in the box.
Morocco Demands Justice
As such, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation has revealed having sent a letter to “the competent body” seeking redress for the referee’s failure to award them deserved pens.
“The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) strongly protested against the arbitration of the Morocco-France match officiated by Mr. Cesar Arturo Ramos,” a statement from said federation reads. “To this end, the FRMF sent a letter to the competent body in which it returns to the arbitration situation which deprived the Moroccan selection of two indisputable penalties in the opinion of several arbitration specialists.
“The FRMF also expressed its great astonishment that the Video Assistance to Arbitration (VAR) system did not react to these arbitration situations. The FRMF recalls that it will spare no effort to defend and preserve the rights of the National Selections by advocating fairness in arbitration and by denouncing these arbitration decisions taken during this semi-final confrontation of the World Cup. of FIFA Qatar 2022.”
France and Argentina will square off in Sunday’s final at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday – unless, of course, FIFA decides to give Morocco a rematch, which is as improbable as it gets.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.