Morocco complains to FIFA after losing to France
Morocco was eliminated from the 2022 World Cup when it lost to France 2-0. The semi-final is quite interesting but causes a lot of controversy on social networks, especially about the referee work.
In that match, the Moroccan players were very angry about the way the referees worked. The controversy surrounding Mexican referee Cesar Ramos is the culmination of his many confusing decisions, and some details of the match made both French and Moroccan fans speak up.
One of the two tackles that CAF believes Morocco made arrived in the 26th minute. During an attempt to clear the ball, Theo Hernandez's foot collided with Sofiane Boufal's foot, injuring both players. However, the midfielder wearing the number 17 shirt of Morocco was the one who received a yellow card because the referee thought he had fouled Theo Hernandez.
Boufal was the more passive in the collision but got a yellow card
The other situation took place at the end of the first half when the African representative was awarded a corner. Ziyech hangs the ball annoyingly in front of goal. However, Lloris played with concentration and punched the ball. Defender El Yamiq fell after a challenge with Tchouameni. No. 18 demanded a penalty when he thought he was fouled by the French midfielder.
However, in both situations, the referee waved his hand very firmly, and the VAR team did not have any consultation.
These are the confusing decisions of Mr. Cesar Ramos. The slowness shows that Hernandez has an impact on Boufal's leg. However, the Mexican referee said that Morocco's number 17 player had foul behavior. Even former players like Alan Shearer or Rio Ferdinand were confused by the decision of the referee, Ramos.
"Perhaps Hernandez touched the ball first. It didn't seem like a penalty for Morocco," Shearer said. Meanwhile, Ferdinand supported the African team, asking, "Why wasn't it a penalty? It was an illegal ball from Hernandez".
On Twitter, Morocco has recently confirmed that they have submitted a complaint to FIFA about the arbitration issue after their defeat to France in the 2022 World Cup semi-final.
"We have filed a complaint about the fairness of the referee Cesar Arturo Ramos Palazuelos' match against France in the 2022 World Cup semi-final. Relevant information has been submitted to FIFA, including two situations where the Morocco team deserved a penalty."
FRMF showed their disagreement with the decisions of the referee in the semifinal match in the biggest football tournament on the planet, and they want to speak out to protect the interests of the players and the fairness of the tournament.
The announcement of FRMF on Twitter
Morocco uses the word "weird referee" to refer to Cesar Ramos and thinks they were denied two obvious penalties in the match against France.
"The FRMF strongly opposes arbitration in the match between Morocco and France. The FMRF has written to the relevant authority to review the referee's decisions, which took away two penalties and the team's temple, which, in the opinion of some refereeing experts, is indisputable. The FMRF was equally surprised that the video assistant referee (VAR) did not react to these situations.
In this match, Morocco played hard but could not surprise the defending champion. In turn, Theo Hernandez and Kolo Muani scored to help the "Gaulois Rooster" defeat the "Atlas Lion" and advance to the final against Argentina.
With the defeat against France, Morocco will face last year's World Cup runner-up, Croatia, in the third-place match. This match will take place on December 17.