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Savage: Egyptian Referee Beats Up Women’s Football Team Player
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The Egyptian football grounds witnessed another atrocious incident, this time in Women’s football, as Egyptian referee Ahmed Abdul-Salam attacked Engy Hussein, a football player who plys her trade for the Aviation club.
It was another seemingly normal football game in the Women’s Egyptian Football League between the Aviation and El-Dakhleya clubs when this abnormal incident occurred.
The events started when referee Ahmed Abdul-Salam awarded a red card to Engy Hussein, Aviation club’s player, giving a slight advantage to the visiting team. The game ended in a 1-1 draw and after the game, Hussein went to talk to the referee.
As per witnesses accounts, Hussein blamed the referee and told him he shouldn’t have given the red card, and that instigated the referee to start beating her up, breaking her nose in the process. When one of the other players tried to stop the beating, referee Abdul-Salam twisted her arm and injured another player – Bassant Tarek – in the process. The referee then went on a frenzy, destroying the glass front panels of the dressing rooms with chairs, cursing the players on the way.
The head of the refereeing department in Cairo, Reda El-Beltagy, launched an investigation on the case and the results will be escalated to the Egyptian FA to take proper action.
It is yet to be seen if civil action will be taken by the families of the victims against the referee, but what’s certain is that aggressive and non complacent measures need to be taken to prevent these sort of unfortunate incidents to occur again.
Referee Ahmed Abdul-Salam was not available to comment at the time of writing.