Moroccan fans celebrate in Rabat after the semi-finals, December 14, 2022 (Dror Zamir)
Ashraf Hakimi was furious yesterday (Saturday) at the end of the match in which his Moroccan team lost 2:1 to Croatia in the battle for third place.
The excellent defender of Paris Saint-Germain did not like the refereeing that he claimed deprived the "Atlas Lions": Morocco did not receive a penalty despite claiming that Youssef El Nasri's shot hit the hand of Bruno Petkovic in the box, but the referee Abdulrahman El Yassim did not accept the request.
At the end, Hakimi can be seen walking towards the referee and criticizing him, while his friends from the Moroccan team drive him away from the scene.
Afterwards it became clear that the 24-year-old defender did not calm down, and spoke to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was on the grass for the medal distribution ceremony, and criticized him for the refereeing.
It should be noted that, according to the report, Hakimi spoke "politely" with Infantino, while that his teammates again pushed him away. "He stood up from Infantino, pressed his face to it, and scolded him for the referee," NOS network journalist Tom Eggers wrote, "It was painful."
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According to SVT network journalist Johan Kokelsen, FIFA representatives tried to "delete the photos and photographs" of the case documentation so that the "embarrassing scene" of the confrontation between Hakimi and Infantino would not be published. "Their representatives asked us to delete the photograph," he said with a smile. It's obviously embarrassing for them, but it's naive of them to ask that this not be reported, when there were about 10 journalists there who witnessed it."
Hakimi himself later insisted that "nothing happened, I was just nervous after the confrontation between us, I wanted to apologize to him for what I said to him .
Infantino is my friend and I respect him a lot, nothing happened."
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