PRETORIA - Algeria forward Rafik Saifi
was involved in a fracas with a reporter in the mixed zone at
the Loftus Versfeld stadium following the 1-0 defeat to the
United States which led to their World Cup exit on Wednesday.
The player was one of the first to appear from the locker
room and was talking to reporters just before he was heard
shouting at Algeria Competition newspaper correspondent Asma
Halimi in French and holding his jaw.
The reporter was then heard insulting Saifi, who responded
by throwing a plastic water bottle which missed the target.
Saifi then continued walking through the mixed zone - where
players meet the media - and talking to other reporters.
"I am going to make a complaint to FIFA," Halimi added
before speaking to a FIFA representative at the scene of the
An Algerian federation spokesman said he had no information
about the incident and so could not comment. There was nobody
immediately available from FIFA to comment.
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