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Algeria Football Federation defends Hicham

The 20-year-old youngster was criticised by a member of the press after his supposed refusal to grant interviews after Algeria’s game with DR Congo

The Algerian Football Federation (Faf) has come out to vehemently condemned the abuse suffered by Hicham Boudaoui in the aftermath of Algeria’s 1-1 draw with DR Congo.

The Federation in a eesponse condemned the journalist responsible, before declaring how the players and staff are standing with the Nice midfielder.

FAF wrote, “Following the allegation that Hichem Boudaoui refused to grant interviews after the game between the national team and DR Congo, the player was subject to appalling verbal abuse by a journalist,”.

“The aggressive nature of the criticism has angered the players and staff, who are all supporting the youngster” the federation added.

In addition, FAF declared, “This attitude is more than reprehensible to one of our own, cannot be ignored by the Algerian Football Federation, and necessary measures will be taken to deal with the journalist responsible.”

Furthermore, the Federation stated that players are not mandated to grant post-match interviews, though they are often in the same environment with the media after games.
“It is worth remembering that while players of both teams pass through the mixed zone, they are not obliged to give interviews if they do not wish to do so”.

They also revealed that, the colleagues of the said journalist have distanced themselves from the transgressor as they saw it as an act that went against the ethics of journalism.

“Finally, several representatives of the national press gathered after the press conference of the coach [Djamel Belmadi] to denounce the inappropriate remarks of this journalist as his behaviour was an affront on his employer and the principles of journalism.”

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