Fifa backs ref Geiger accused of asking for Ronaldo’s shirt

June 22nd, 2018

FIFA released a statement on Thursday, supporting US referee Mark Geiger, who had been accused of ask­ing for Portugal captain Cris­tiano Ronaldo’s shirt during the team’s World Cup match against Morocco.

The Group B encounter was officiated by Geiger and fin­ished in a 1-0 victory to Portu­gal at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadi­um on Wednesday.

Later on Wednesday, inter­national media quoted Moroc­co forward Nordin Amrabat who said that he heard Portu­gal defender Pepe say the ref­eree asked Ronaldo if he could have his shirt after the first half.

“It is with regret and dis­appointment that, following Wednesday’s Group B game be­tween Portugal and Morocco, FIFA has learned 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 said in the state­ment.

FIFA also called on the teams to respect all principles of fair play.

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