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World Cup: Pepe blames Lionel Messi, Argentine referee after Portugal’s defeat to Morocco



Portugal defender, Pepe has blamed Lionel Messi and Argentina referee Facundo Tello after the Selecao’s World Cup exit at the hands of Morocco..

He believes that the Argentine official should not have been appointed for their World Cup game.

Youssef En-Nesyri capitalised on goalkeeper Diogo Costa’s mistake in the first half to score the only goal of the night as the Africans defended till the end.

Morocco became the first African nation in history to reach the World Cup semi-final.

Speaking after the painful defeat to Morocco, Pepe said FIFA’s decision to appoint the team of Argentine officials was ‘unacceptable’.

“it is unacceptable for an Argentine referee to referee us today after what happened yesterday, with Messi and Argentina talking,” he told SIC Noticias

The 39-year-old also blamed the referee for allowing only eight minutes of added despite the Moroccan goalkeeper slowing down the game.

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