A number of gamers of Morocco’s nationwide crew unfurled a Palestinian flag on the pitch whereas celebrating their historic World Cup win over Spain in Qatar on Tuesday.
Following a dramatic penalty shootout, Morocco grew to become the primary Arab facet to make it to the World Cup quarterfinals.
That is the second time Moroccan gamers have raised the Palestinian flag after successful a match. Morocco’s participant Jawad El Yamiq raised the Palestinian flag whereas celebrating his nation’s 2-1 victory over Canada final week.
Moroccan soccer followers have been additionally seen waving a “Free Palestine” banner through the North African nation’s 2-0 victory over Belgium in Group E earlier within the event.
Laws from FIFA, soccer’s international governing physique, prohibit the usage of banners, flags and fliers which are deemed to be political, offensive and/or discriminatory in nature.
“The promotion or announcement of political or non secular messages or another political or non secular actions, inside or within the instant neighborhood of the stadium, by any means, is strictly prohibited earlier than, throughout and after matches,” FIFA rules state.
Soccer authorities have sometimes issued fines for shows of the Palestinian flag inside grounds.
The flag bearing transfer was hailed by Arabs on social media, as customers from Libya, Morroco, Egypt and Saudi Arabia celebrated the Moroccan win.
Movies on social media additionally present Palestinians celebrating Morocco’s win within the streets of a number of cities within the West Financial institution and in Gaza.
CNN has reached out to FIFA for remark.