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Morocco star Hakimi apologises to FIFA president Infantino

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Following his altercation with the FIFA president, Achraf Hakimi has apologised to Gianni Infantino.

After the Atlas Lions were defeated by Croatia in the third-place play-off, the Moroccan defender reportedly questioned Infantino about the standard of refereeing at the World Cup.

Walid Regragui’s side were denied a potential penalty against the 2018 runners-up when Youssef En-Nesyri’s header hit Bruno Petkovic, while Ibrahima Konate’s challenge on Sofiane Boufal also went unpunished in the semi-final loss to France.

But Hakimi, who also confronted referee Abdulrahman Al-Jassim, has since expressed remorse over the incident, with the Paris Saint-Germain full-back acknowledging his frustration had boiled over.

“Nothing happened,” he told reporters.

“I was angry after the end of the match. I went to talk to him, and I apologised for the words I said to him. He is my friend and I respect him a lot, so nothing happened.”

Morocco became the first African nation to reach the World Cup semi-finals, having topped Group F ahead of Belgium of Croatia, before overcoming Spain and Portugal in the last 16 and quarter-finals respectively.

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