06/23/2010 07:24 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rafik Saifi, Algerian World Cup Player, SLAPS Female Reporter

(AP) PRETORIA, South Africa -- Algeria striker Rafik Saifi has been involved in an altercation with a journalist after his team was eliminated from the World Cup.

The incident following Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the United States happened at Loftus Versfeld.

A female reporter from an Algerian publication was heard shouting at Saifi, who left the stadium holding his lip and refusing to respond to questions.

Algeria finished at the bottom of Group C with just one point and was eliminated from the tournament.


UPDATE 1: According to Yahoo's Martin Rogers, Saifi slapped the reporter. Rogers writes that the reporter, Asma Halimi, responded by hitting the Algerian player in the mouth. Read his full report here for more info.

UPDATE 2: SportsByBrooks looked into the pair's history. In 2009 Halimi, the reporter, wrote about Saifi's family life.

UPDATE 3: The AP obtained a photograph following the altercation: