Morocco fans react during the match at Al Bayt stadium in Doha. Reuters
Syed Shayaan Bakht, Gulf Today
Morocco may have lost the semifinal match against France but the team won the hearts of millions around the world.
The cultured and hospitable fans have made headlines across all media platforms. And now another video of the fans during the match against France is been doing the rounds on social media.
The Moroccans and other Arab fans were heard chanting, “There is no deity but Allah, and Muhammad is his Messenger…” were echoing throughout the country’s semi-final match against France on Wednesday at Al Bayt Stadium in Doha.
French President Emmanuel Macron and other dignitaries attended the semi-final.
Morocco defied the odds to become the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals. But the Atlas Lions' run came to an end with a 2-0 loss to defending champions France.
Morocco has gained status inside FIFA and credibility with fans by eliminating Spain and then Portugal in knockout games to be the first African team to advance to a World Cup semifinals.
Moroccan media hailed the national football team on Thursday.
Local media said, "Morocco went out with honour and with their heads high…”
The "Lions of the Atlas" were the first Arab or African team ever to reach a semi-final in 92 years of football's top tournament.
The sources reported that the International Football Association Board (FIFA) and the Qatari organisers agreed to the amendment.
Up to 1,600 soccer fans of the teams that qualified for the World Cup are being recruited for an all expenses-paid trip to Qatar to sing in the tournament's opening ceremony
Social media, and some more traditional news outlets, had reported that FIFA President Gianni Infantino was considering encouraging referees to play more stoppage time, effectively extending games to 100 minutes, to make up for the amount of time the ball is not in play.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, described Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup as a Qatari achievement, Gulf pride, and a historic milestone for all Arabs.
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