Gassama case: a former Moroccan international defends Belmadi

The reactions to the statements of the Algerian coach, Djamel Belmadi, take an unexpected turn. Indeed, and after directly attacking the Gambian referee, Bakary Gassama, whistle for the second leg of the play-off match for the 2022 World Cup against Cameroon, the coach of the Algerian team is in the eye of the storm.

Between remarks deemed degrading, accusations and defenses by many Algerian players, Djamel Belmadi’s interview has not gone unnoticed in the world of international football. In line with many former players of the Algerian selection, the former Moroccan player, Abdeslam Ouaddou, supports the coach of the Fennecs. The former defender of the Breton club Stade Rennais fiercely took the floor to exculpate Djamel Belmadi.

The 2019 African champion has been accused of racism after his statements aimed at denouncing the scandalous arbitration of referee Bakary Gassama, an accusation that Abdeslam Ouaddou categorically refutes, “When I was playing in Qatar, Djamel welcomed and took personally under his wing a few years ago a group of African migrants in very great financial difficulty, accommodation… So to say that he is racist is a lie” he affirms.

The former coach of MC Oujda did not hide to clarify the comments made by the Algerian coach, “Some are trying to drown the fish by concealing the real problem of sports equity which it is about. We have touched on a subject that could have allowed a major advance for our king sport. Instead, we hit on a guy with integrity to leave a status quo that has been going on for a long time, ”he wrote on Twitter.

A look back at Belmadi’s media release

While all the Algerian supporters had their eyes riveted on the decision of the national coach, Djamel Belmadi, to maintain or not in his position on the bench of the Algerian team, the interview granted by the Algerian coach to the site of the FAF was not lacking in emotion.

Belmadi did not hesitate to give free rein to his disappointment with the arbitration of the Algerian team against Cameroon. Statements badly received by the football authorities of Cameroon and Gambia and even by other figures of the world football. Faced with mounting criticism, the Algerian federation insisted on confirming the right of its services to defend the interests of the Algerian team in accordance with the regulations in force.

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