RABAT Morocco (Xinhua) --
The Moroccan Royal Football
Federation (FRMF) on Thursday formally complained to
world football’s governing body FIFA over “serious
referee errors” during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In a letter
sent to FIFA and posted on FRMF official website,
federation president Fouzi Lekjaa said the errors led to
his country’s early exit and that the video assistant
referee (VAR) had been used or not used in order to
serve the interests of their opponents.
played in the World Cup in Group B along with Iran,
Portugal and Spain.
“We want to
express our indignation at the injustice suffered by our
national team, following serious refereeing errors that
led to (the team’s) premature exit from the first round
of the 2018 World Cup,” Lekjaa said in the letter.
severity of these refereeing errors is all the more
evident in the fact that in these two matches (against
Portugal and against Spain), the use of VAR served only
to preserve the interests of our competitors,” it said.
federation listed what it said were wrong decisions and
attached their videos from Morocco’s defeat 1-0 against
Portugal and 2-2 draw against Spain.
African side, who also lost their group opener to Iran,
had strongly criticized the referees’ performance
following their loss to the Portuguese, their second
group game, that had killed off their chances of
has happened we can only express our serious concern at
the persistence of these injustices and the negative
impact on the image of FIFA and the future of football,”
the letter said.
federation urged FIFA president Gianni Infantino to
“take the necessary measures and make the necessary
adjustments in order to repair these injustices and
guarantee the conditions of a competition with equal
opportunities for all teams”.