Algeria player Rafik Saifi hits female journalist
Keeping the media in check
Algeria vetern Rafik Saifi slapped a female journalist after his side’s defeat to USA yesterday. The 36-year-old spotted reporter Asma Halimi, of Algerian newspaper Competition, as he walked through the interview zone after the match and hit her with an open hand in front of several witnesses.
She responded by hitting him in the mouth. He then threw a sports drink at the wall before Halimi was led away by security.
Halimi said: “I said nothing to him and he reached over and hit me. So I hit him back. I said nothing to him first.”
The pair had reportedly had a dispute over an article Halimi had written about Saifi.
Francisco Aguilar Chang, a reporter from Guatemala who witnessed the incident, told Yahoo Sports: “She was standing there and the guy came here and he hit her. Then she hit him back and her nail caught his lip.”