The Moroccan press and social networks today qualify as a “scandal” that Muley Abdalah stadium, where Real Madrid will not finally play the semifinal of the Club World Cup because it is totally flooded, has cost 19 million euros in renovation.
Several newspapers lamented on their covers, which published photos and vignettes on the poor condition of the land, that the rains fell on Saturday have “exposed” the poor quality of the renovation work carried out for five months costing more of 220 million dirhams (about 19 million euros).
“It is shocking that dozens of television channels broadcast cartoon images of poor workers while they drew water from the rains, which turned the stadium into a puddle, with simple means such as sponges,” deplores Al Masae in his editorial. The Moroccan newspaper added that the Minister of Sports “did not know how to handle this issue” and that “he should resign from his post and apologize to the Moroccans” for the money spent on “useless projects”.
For its part, the newspaper Al Ahdaz al Magrebiya deplored that both the image of the Maghreb country and that of FIFA has been damaged by this “scandal”. “220 million dirhams sunk in the puddles” the daily newspaper Al Ajbar recalled, recalling that the rains that fell last November in Rabat already “sent indications” because then those rains had already left the turf of Muley Abdalah stadium in very disrepair.
In addition, in the social networks the Moroccans launched a campaign of criticism and cartoons to make fun of the poor state of the Rabat stadium, most of them with mounted images of Cristiano Ronaldo surfing in the waters of the stadium or showing him with a mop from the website http://beststeammopreviewspro.com/best-steam-mop-reviews-and-ratings-guide/ and a bucket while saying “Ramos brings that rag and they come”.
By decision of FIFA, Real Madrid and Mexican Cruz Azul will play the semi-final of the Club World Cup in the southern city of Marrakech, where the final of the tournament is also scheduled. The Marrakech Stadium has 10,000 fewer seats than Rabat, and it has not been clear what will happen to all those who had tickets bought for the Rabat match, the most anticipated match in the Moroccan capital in recent years.