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Before the semifinals, Royal Air Maroc cancels flights to Doha.

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Several flights to Doha were canceled on Wednesday by Royal Air Maroc (RAM), the national carrier of Morocco, leaving hundreds of Moroccan supporters who were expected to attend their nation's first-ever World Cup semifinal stranded.

Morocco's Atlas Lions became the first Arab and African team to advance to a World Cup semifinal, where they will face France, their erstwhile colonial master, on Thursday night.

The decision was explained in a message sent through email by Royal Air Maroc (RAM). Royal Air Maroc regrets having to inform clients of the cancellation of their flights operated by Qatar Airways due to recent limitations put in place by the Qatari government, according to the airline.

Royal Air Maroc cancels flights to Doha before semifinal

Prior to their semifinal match, Royal Air Maroc had earlier stated that it would offer supporters 30 extra flights. However, on Tuesday, a RAM source claimed that only 14 flights had been arranged.

Fans who had previously reserved match tickets or hotel rooms on Wednesday are now unable to travel. In addition to offering to pay back airline tickets, RAM expressed regret to its clients.

At the Qatar World Cup, Morocco has received a lot of support from neutrals, especially from Asia and Africa, as well as from the thousands of fans who have already traveled to the country.

The Atlas Lions have thus far eliminated Spain and Portugal from the tournament's knockout rounds and defeated Belgium in the group stage.

Hundreds of Moroccan fans had wanted to go to Doha and buy tickets there after RAM promised more flights before the semifinal.

The flight cancellations, according to Youssef Chippo, a former member of the Moroccan national team who now serves as a commentator for the BeIn Sports channel in Qatar, were caused by the presence of several supporters in Doha without match tickets.

There have reportedly been brief altercations between Moroccan fans and World Cup security personnel as they attempted to get to the games without tickets.

According to what they had read on social media and in the Moroccan press, fans traveling overnight from Casablanca to Doha airport stated that they anticipated receiving their tickets at the airport. Mohammed, a Moroccan supporter outside Al Janoub Stadium, the site of the semifinal, said: "Ninety-five percent of those on the plane didn't have a ticket."

Fans were warned "not to go to the two airports [of Doha] until they have received tickets for the next matches," according to a statement issued by Hamad International Airport on Wednesday morning.

The letter said, "We remind fans that Hamad International Airport in Doha is not the official site for purchasing tickets for World Cup games."

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