FIFPro urges FIFA to probe Club World Cup game
FIFA said “the referee decided that the pitch is playable and therefore the match went on.”
The international players’ union has called on FIFA to investigate why a Club World Cup match was played on a potentially dangerous rain-soaked field in Morocco.
FIFPro says letting the Cruz Azul-Western Sydney Wanderers quarterfinal match continue in Rabat on Saturday "posed a serious threat to the health and safety of all players."
The Mexican club won 3-1 in extra time with players splashing through large puddles.
FIFPro official Tijs Tummers said “players as workers have a right to a safe work environment,” adding FIFA must ensure “effective rules are in place to prevent a repetition.”
Referee Noumandiez Doue of Ivory Coast allowed the match to proceed, and Cruz Azul won.
In a statement in reply to questions from The Associated Press, FIFA said Wednesday: “The referee decided that the pitch is playable and therefore the match went on.”
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