Achraf Hakimi will be traveling for Morocco’s two friendly matches against Brazil (March 25 in Tangier) then Peru (March 28 in Madrid). Indicted for rape in France since March 2, the right side of the Atlas Lions has no ban on leaving the territory. Nothing therefore prevents the Parisian from defending the colors of the semi-finalist of the last World Cup.
The defender has also received support from his coach, Walid Regragui. “He is calm, that’s the most important thing,” he said at a press conference. We are with him, there is the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise, we and all Moroccans are behind Achraf. We are wholeheartedly with him and it will do him good to return to Morocco and feel that we support him. »
The Moroccan coach also added that he spoke with the Paris Saint-Germain player. “He is a strong person on and off the pitch. He has to think about football first and there are people who will take care of those things for him. »
Since his indictment, Achraf Hakimi has disputed the facts. He has also benefited from the support of PSG since the revelation of the affair. The side was even a starter during the elimination of his team in the Champions League after the round of 16 return against Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old is accused of rape by a woman of the same age. The facts would have taken place at the home of the Parisian, on February 25 in Boulogne-Billancourt.
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In addition to speaking about this affair, Walid Regragui also spoke about Morocco’s journey to the 2022 World Cup. Brilliant throughout the competition, the Atlas Lions were eliminated by France in the semi-finals. This is the best course in their history in a World Cup.
“The first idea was to keep a backbone of the group. I don’t like ingratitude, I know that many are waiting for changes, but it was this group that took us to the World Cup and made Moroccans happy,” explained the coach.