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Moroccan World Cup fans have been left devastated after flights were cancelled ahead of the country’s semi-final against France, in keeping with reports. Airline Royal Air Maroc has blamed the Qatari authorities over travel restrictions imposed left 1000’s of supporters unable to achieve Doha. 

Morocco have been supported by incredible numbers of fans on the World Cup. Their team has responded with a remarkable campaign and are the primary African side to feature among the many final 4 teams within the tournament’s history. 

Royal Air Maroc – Morocco’s national airline – needed to charter 30 special aircrafts between Casablanca and Doha to produce the demand of fans wanting to be within the Middle East country for a very powerful football game of their history. Nonetheless, only seven of those planes have ended up making the journey. 

RAM has blamed the Qatari authorities for imposing strict travel restrictions on fans coming into the country. In a press release, it said: “Following the most recent restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities, Royal Air Maroc regrets to tell its customers of the cancellation of their flights operated by Qatar Airways.”

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AFP claim that around 2,100 passengers have been affected by the chaos. Some Morocco fans in Qatar have claimed that they’d not been given their free tickets by the country’s Football Association. 

The Moroccan FA was presupposed to have given away as many as 13,000 free tickets to fans wanting to attend the semi-final. Lots of those haven’t been received by expectant supporters, while the 30 flights have been massively reduced. 

Moroccan fans have taken over Qatar throughout the World Cup. There are 45,000 expected to attend the sport at Al-Bayt on Wednesday evening, dwarfing the variety of their French counterparts within the 68,000-seater arena. 

Wahid Regragui’s side have enjoyed a unbelievable run on the tournament, and it will be a shame if lots of their fans couldn’t be within the country for his or her semi-final against tournament favourites France. They’ve already knocked out Spain and Portugal on their solution to the ultimate 4. 

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On Tuesday, Regragui – who 12 months ago sat in a masterclass led by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta – hit out at harsh critics of his team’s conservative approach to their games. “We’re going to play like we know the way,” the 47-year-old, who has only been in charge for just over 100 days, said. 

“Possession is awfully misleading – you may have 70 per-cent possession and also you only shoot twice. 

“There’s expected goals too: ‘We must always have won, we had 4 expected goals!’ We’re here to win, that’s all.”

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