Algerian journalist Hafeez Darraji, commentator for beIN Sports, criticized the Algerian Football Association’s decision to publish part of the FIFA message, in response to a request to replay the match between Algeria and Cameroon in the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Draghi said in a post on his official account on the social networking site “Facebook”: “The Algerian Federation continues to manipulate feelings, while publishing a small part of the FIFA message. Unfortunately, we lost the World Cup battle twice, the first time on the field of play, and the second time outside it.”
He added: “The decision was expected, even though all the available data and information indicated the existence of a plot against the Algerian national team, so we must not stop fighting injustice and corruption in football at the level of CAF and FIFA, and fighting failure and mediocrity in all our circles, not only football, and we must We have the courage to admit failure and correct what needs to be done.”
Draghi concluded his speech by saying: “A salute to all the men who suffered and sought their hearts, minds and efforts to show the truth and expose practices, and another greeting to all those who believe that exclusion is not the end of the world, and that life continues, we will stand again to set a new date after a year in Cote d’Ivoire, then the World Cup. 2026, God willing, but on condition that we memorize the lesson because the next one is more difficult.”
The Algerian Football Federation had previously published a statement on its official website, which included a correspondence it had received from the FIFA Referees Committee, which stated: “In response to the complaint submitted to the FIFA Referees Committee regarding the return match between Algeria and Cameroon on March 29, 2022 qualifying for the World Cup. FIFA Qatar 2022, the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) received on May 6, 2022, a letter from the aforementioned committee.
The statement added: “The content of the correspondence is as follows: “We regret that, at your discretion, the decisions of the referees can have a negative impact on the course of the match. We have taken note of the elements that you have attached to your grievance, and we can indeed assure you that all events that occurred during the match have been They have been carefully vetted by the video referees, in accordance with the Laws of the Game and the VAT protocol.”
It is worth noting that the Algerian team failed to maintain its victory away from home against Cameroon 1-0, to lose dramatically at home 1-2, and fail to qualify for the World Cup due to Cameroon benefiting from the rule of scoring a goal away from home.
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