FIFA fines Rafik over slapping a journalist

FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a fine of Swiss francs 3,000 (2,300 euros) to the Algerian striker Rafik Saifi for slapping a woman journalist at the end of Algeria-USA clash during the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)’s President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat told APP, who attended the FIFA Disciplinary Committee Meet at Zurich, Switzerland.

The Committee discussed about 34 cases. Rafik was involved in a quarrel with a female reporter at Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld stadium following the 0-1 defeat to the United States which led to their World Cup exit on June 23.

The incident took place behind a barrier where reporters can

interview players and Rafik was seen slapping Asma Halimi, a

journalist of Algerian daily newspaper Competition.

Halimi slapped the striker back and then reported to FIFA. Over all there were 34 cases out of which two cases were of ignoring electronic International Transfer Certificates (ITC) in FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS), an on-line system implemented by FIFA last October and is intended to simplify the transfer process, which was previously done by sending and re- sending faxes.

Meanwhile, five cases were of matches that were not organized by FIFA and 26 cases belong to countries clubs who failed to submit fines imposed on them for various reasons in the past. Earlier PFF President chaired three AFC Disciplinary Committee meet within 128 days from March 22 to 28 July at KL to decide several cases.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee, approved by Federation International de Football Association (FIFA)’s President Sepp Blatter, is made up of a Chairman, two Vice Chairman’s and 18 members.