Why Hakimi shouted in Infantino’s face after Morocco’s World Cup loss

Morocco defender Achraf Hakimi was furious after his team’s World Cup defeat to Croatia and took his frustrations out on FIFA’s president.


Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 in the third-place World Cup play-off on Saturday after the Atlas Lions appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty for handball when Youssef En-Nesyri’s header hit Bruno Petkovic and when Hakimi was felled by a challenge by the Croatia striker. Morocco also felt they should have won a spot-kick last time out against France when Sofyan Boufal was stopped by Ibrahima Konate.

The decisions have not gone down well with Hakimi who approached the FIFA president after the game in the tunnel to voice his frustrations, according to multiple witnesses who claimed the football organisation is working to block footage from becoming public.

SVT Sports reporter Johan Kucukaslan explained: “They wanted us to delete the images. It is clear that these are embarrassing scenes for them, and it is a bit naive of them to think that a dozen journalists should not report on this when we witness it happening.”