Reacting to the claims FIFA said in the statement: ‘It is with regret and disappointment that, following Wednesday’s Group B game between Portugal and Morocco, FIFA has learnt of reports in the media concerning referee Mark Geiger.
“It has been claimed that Mr Geiger asked for the shirt of the captain of Portugal during the half-time interval. Mr Geiger strongly refutes these claims and categorically states such a request was not made.
“FIFA unequivocally condemns the allegations supposedly made by a member of the Moroccan team.
“FIFA referees are under clear instructions with regard to their behaviour and relationship with the teams at the World Cup and it can be confirmed that Mr Geiger has acted in an exemplary and professional manner as an appointed match official.
‘FIFA would like to remind teams of their duty to respect all principles of fair play.”