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FIFA deny referee asked for Cristiano Ronaldo's shirt during game

By Adam McKendry

FIFA have released a statement denying that referee Mark Geiger asked Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo for his shirt DURING their 1-0 win over Morocco.

Reports suggested that American official Geiger, who was in charge of the game at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, had asked Ronaldo BEFORE half-time for his shirt at the end of the game.

However, FIFA have categorically denied that this happened and have condemned members of the Moroccan team who made the allegations.

Nordin Amrabat, who himself was involved by controversy by starting the Group B fixture despite being concussed in their opening game against Iran, was the one who told reporters of the incident.

"I do not know what (Geiger) is used to, but he was very impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo, and I hear from Pepe that he asked in the first half if he should have his shirt," Amrabat told Dutch TV after the game.

"What are we talking about? At the World Cup? It's not a circus here."

It is another bizarre story during this World Cup so far, along with Gareth Southgate dislocating his shoulder and a dancing bear celebrating Russia's opening win.

Read FIFA's full statement below:

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