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Algerian Player Slaps Female Reporter After Match

Rafik Saifi, who came on in the 84th minute — just in time to watch the US win the match — took our his frustrations in the media room by smacking an Algerian journalist right across the mouth.

There was already bad blood between Saifi and Asma Halimi, who writes for Algerian sport newspaper Competition, based on criticisms of him in one of her previous articles. It's unclear what started this row; apparently no words were exchanged before Saifi slapped her. Don't worry though; she gave as good as she got.

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."


Her nail drew blood from his lip, and Halimi was escorted from the interview zone was Saifi fired a water bottle against the wall. Shoulda been you, Reilly.

Algeria player slaps female reporter [Yahoo! Sports]

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