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FIFA Denies Ref Asked For Ronaldo Shirt In Portugal Vs Morocco Clash

FIFA Denies Ref Asked For Ronaldo Shirt In Portugal Vs Morocco Clash

World football governing body, FIFA, have denied claims by Moroccan midfielder Nordin Amrabat that American referee Mark Geiger asked Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo for his shirt during Wednesday’s game between the two countries.
 
The world football governing denied the claims in a statement released on Thursday on their verified Twitter handle, saying it ‘unequivocally condemns the allegations’ and that Geiger ‘has acted in an exemplary and professional manner.’
Amrabat told Dutch TV after Morocco’s 1-0 defeat by Portugal: “I do not know what he (Geiger) is used to, but he was very impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo, and I hear from Pepe that he asked in the first half if he should have his shirt.
“What are we talking about? At the World Cup? It’s not a circus here.”

Reacting to the claims FIFA said in the statement: ‘It is with regret and disappointment that, following Wednesday’s Group B game between Portugal and Morocco, FIFA has learnt of reports in the media concerning referee Mark Geiger.

“It has been claimed that Mr Geiger asked for the shirt of the captain of Portugal during the half-time interval. Mr Geiger strongly refutes these claims and categorically states such a request was not made.

“FIFA unequivocally condemns the allegations supposedly made by a member of the Moroccan team.

“FIFA referees are under clear instructions with regard to their behaviour and relationship with the teams at the World Cup and it can be confirmed that Mr Geiger has acted in an exemplary and professional manner as an appointed match official.

‘FIFA would like to remind teams of their duty to respect all principles of fair play.”

Ronaldo was the hero once again for Portugal as he scored the only goal in the 1-0 win against Morocco which took his goal tally to four so far at this summer’s World Cup.

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