To put an end to this amateurism that sticks to our skin

From the “gesture” of Mohsine Moutouali, who is not at his first skid, to the totally incomprehensible outbursts of part of the public in Fez, two examples which illustrate the return to the most obscure amateurism which threatens Moroccan football .

Even if he turned professional for a few years, and even if considerable efforts have been made to rationalize it, Moroccan football remains amateur. This happens every week, if not every day.

Look at the Casablanca derby, which was played behind closed doors in the middle of the week, and which was absolutely amateurish. Let’s put aside the weak technical level, in any case unworthy of a top of the championship. Let’s look at the extras and the details that make the difference.

This match was the first for Wydad since its magnificent African title. It had to look like a party, with guard of honour, fair play, fervor in the stands, etc. We didn’t see any of that, quite the opposite.

Without an audience and with poor quality football, the match settled on two consecutive penalties with two gifts from the defense of the Reds. Stupid penalties, therefore, but indisputable. Still, all the post-match debate focused on Jiyed’s refereeing. Okay, he whistled a non-existent offside at the start of the match but, for the rest, he had absolutely no influence on the fate of the match.

And then, when are we going to understand and above all accept that refereeing errors (when they already exist!) are part of the game?

In truth, it was not Jiyed who caused the African champions to lose but their offensive indigence and their defensive shortcomings. Maybe they haven’t come down to earth since their win over Al-Ahly. Physically, and probably mentally, they weren’t there, like the “heroes” of the C1, Jabrane or Moutaraji.

In absolute terms, losing a match is not infamous, especially since the Reds remain in the lead with only 4 matches to go before the end of the championship. Amateurism, here, consists in blinding oneself, not questioning oneself, not showing fair play by accepting defeat. Amateurism consists above all in crying foul and in wondering, wrongly and through: “Who wants Wydad?”. We can very well answer the question: nobody wants Wydad, on the contrary. We love the Wydad. But Wydad must concentrate on the field, on the game. As they just did last night, by dominating Soualem (3-0).

Back to the derby because the worst is yet to come. At the end of the match and when he converted his second penalty, Moutouali, the captain, as he is called, went there with his now traditional arm of honor. Magnificent player with talent and a big prize list like that, Father Moutouali (36 years old on the clock) is a repeat offender since he has already “cracked down” with his fatal gesture in other matches, already against Wydad, and very recently against Berkane.

The real scandal of the derby is Moutouali’s arm of honour. And Jiyed is to be commended for pinning and excluding him. Imagine the human and security catastrophe that this could have caused if the derby had taken place in front of full stands.

This is amateurism. This vulgar and filthy gesture, which can set fire to the stadium and in the streets of the city, even of the kingdom. Amateurism is attacking the referee for imaginary reasons and ignoring the captain’s unworthy behavior. And the culprit didn’t even bother to apologize…

Also in the middle of the week, and this time in Fez, the MAS–OCS match (1-1) ended in real confusion. Smoke bombs, overflows and attempts to invade the field, arrests… Why this hysteria and this “anger”? For nothing, for no reason. The match took place in a good spirit, with no errors or questionable decisions from the referees, we even got a splendid goal (Ajeray, a really good player to whom his coaches rarely offered continuity in the game).

So why? Why this umpteenth skid of Moutouali and especially the absence of mea culpa behind? Why this blindness of Wydad as to the causes of the defeat and this acute paranoia towards the referees and the federation? Why these new completely “free” overflows in Fez?

Come on, the last for the road: last night, during the clash Mohammedia-Raja (0-0, a lot of stakes and no game), we were treated to a tragicomic scene. At the end of the match, Arjoune takes a red, the red becomes yellow after the intervention of the VAR… And Arjoune continues to protest! He is then very close to (again) taking a red, this time for protest. Big anything.

So why all this? You know the answer: because amateurism or its sequels, which remain so much among many players, and not the least, and among certain components of the stadium public…


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