FIFA denies Amrabat claims | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 22, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, June 22, 2018

FIFA denies Amrabat claims

Referee Mark Geiger has "strongly refuted" claims he asked for the shirt of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo at half-time of the clash with Morocco on Wednesday.

The allegation was made by Morocco midfielder Nordin Amrabat after a game in which American official Geiger made a number of calls that were questioned by the north Africans.

Amrabat told Dutch television station NOS: "I do not know what he is used to but he was very impressed with Cristiano Ronaldo and I hear from [Portugal defender] Pepe that he asked Ronaldo in the first half if he could have his shirt.

"What are we talking about? At the World Cup? It's not a circus here."

FIFA responded by backing Geiger and expressing their disappointment at Amrabat's outburst.

In a statement it said: "It is with regret and disappointment that FIFA has learnt of reports in the media concerning the referee Mark Geiger."

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