Moscow – A referee in charge of the 2018 World Cup, Mark Geiger, was hit by a rumor. The US referee was accused of asking for Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt in the middle of the match.
The allegations came after Geiger led the game against Portugal vs Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Wednesday (20/06/2018), which ended 1-0 to victory Portugal.
Morocco feels disadvantaged by Geiger’s decisions on the game. Morocco midfielder, Nordin Amrabat, even accused the court of doing unusual things, namely to ask for a T-shirt Ronaldo.
“I do not know who he used to be but he was very impressed with Cristiano Ronaldo and I heard from (Portuguese defender) Pepe that he asked Ronaldo in the first round if he could have his T-shirt,” Amrabat said.
“What are we talking about? At the World Cup? It’s not a circus,” he said.
FIFA followed up the allegations by questioning Geiger, who immediately denied it. Fifa also deplored the allegations.
“Mr. Geiger denied the claims and firmly stated that the request was never made,” FIFA wrote in a statement.
“FIFA strongly denounced allegations allegedly expressed by a member of the Moroccan team.The referees of FIFA under clear instructions regarding their behavior and relations with teams at the World Cup in Russia and can be confirmed that Mr. Geiger has acted well and professionally as one of the appointed match officials. ”
“FIFA wants to remind the teams of their duty to respect all the principles of Fair Play.”