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VIDEO: El-Hadary spits at ref, gets rock at face in Merriekh win
Week 18 of the Sudanese League saw Essam El-Hadary’s side Al-Merriekh travel to Atbara to face Alamal, where they were hit by stones from the home crowd, with one straight in the legendary Egyptian keeper’s face.
A lot of talk surrounded the difficulty of this fixture for Al-Merriekh as they were looking for their first win in three matches to end a bad run of form and stay top of the league.
Al-Merriekh took the lead in the 16th minute through Ramadan Agab, who was played in with a fantastic lobbed ball from his Ivorian team-mate Olivia to slot past goalkeeper Kamal Ahmed to give his team the lead.
Alamal pushed for an equalizer but El-Hadary impressed with a string of saves and was determined to not be beaten. The half ended 1-0.
Al-Merriekh started the second half well and nearly doubled their lead when Olivia missed a golden opportunity 4-yards out after getting on the end of Raji Abdel Atti fizzing cross.
Alamal fans patience was on a low as they started to throw rocks on Al-Merriekh players, the referee stopped the game and the police interfered.
Spits at referee
Play resumed and Alamal had a freekick which Tariq Mokhtar whipped in from the left, and Alamal striker Traore had a free header, which El-Hadary collected comfortably, he then started talking to his centre-back Pascal Wawa for failing to stop the cross coming in, they started to argue, Pascal walked away but El Hadary continued to shout and waste time.
The referee got involved and awarded El-Hadary a yellow card, which left the legendary Egyptian keeper fuming and he even spit in the direction of the referee. Captain Haitham Mustafa had to get involved to calm down his fellow team-mate to prevent him from being sent off.
10 minutes later the crowd started again, this time El-Hadary was hit in his face with a rock and started to bleed from his nose, he ran to the touchline to receive treatment but he was bleeding heavily. Play was stopped for 10 mins as El-Hadary was getting treatment, he decided to carry on and complete the game.
The patched-up El-Hadary managed to hold on to his clean sheet and the visiting Merriekh ran out 1-0 winners.
El-Hadary’s Al Merriekh stay top of the Sudanese League, 5 points ahead of rivals Al-Hilal who play later today.
The Sudanese FA has promised severe punishments concerning Alamal Atbara and their crowd, they are expected to complete the rest of the season without a home crowd and pay a heavy fine.