World Cup referee criticised for 'requesting' Cristiano Ronaldo's shirt

A World Cup referee has been criticised for reportedly asking Cristiano Ronaldo for his shirt before half time.

Ronaldo headed in the winner as Portugal secured a 1-0 victory over Morocco in their second World Cup group B fixture.

But Watford and Morocco midfielder Nordin Amrabat has hit out at referee Mark Geiger for an apparent lack of professionalism in his side's
defeat, which dumped the African side out of this year's tournament.

He told Dutch TV: "I do not know what he is used to, but he was very impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo, and I hear from Pepe that he asked in the first half if he should have his shirt.

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

Amrabat played despite suffering concussion in his country's opening World Cup game last week, in which Morocco conceded a stoppage-time goal to lose 1-0 against Iran.

"I'm not a doctor," said Morocco head coach Herve Renard after the Portugal defeat. "Medical reports are read by competent people.

"I'm not competent in medical matters and they take their own responsibility and so does the player.

"I think he did an exceptional and outstanding match."


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