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article imageAlgerian soccer player Saifi slaps female reporter after game

By Jason Smith     Jun 23, 2010 in Sports
Pretoria - Rafik Saifi, an Algerian soccer player, slapped a female reporter across the face at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in South Africa on Wednesday night.
Saifi was walking through the interview zone, and saw Asma Halimi, who works for Competition, an Algerian newspaper. In front of witnesses, he hit her with his open hand, and Halimi responded by striking him in the mouth, reports Yahoo Sports. Saifi then threw a sports drink bottle into a wall. Halimi told Yahoo Sports:
I said nothing to him and he reached over and hit me,” Halimi said to Yahoo! Sports. “So I hit him back. I said nothing to him first.
Yahoo Sports adds that apparently there had been a difference of opinion regarding an article she had previously written for her newspaper. Yahoo Sports also stated:
“She was standing there and the guy came here and he hit her,” said Francisco Aguilar Chang, a reporter from Guatemala who witnessed the incident. “Then she hit him back and her nail caught his lip.”
Halimi has indicated that she will launch an official complaint FIFA and the Algerian F.A.
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