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Walid Soliman receives four-match ban, issues apology
Al Ahly player Walid Soliman has released an official statement apologizing for his reaction after being sent-off against Assiouty Sport, which resulted in a four-match ban.
Walid Soliman was sent-off against Assiouty Sport on Monday after receiving two yellow cards, before he raved at the match official.
The 29-year-old Al Ahly playmaker has today made a formal apology to referee Sherif Rashwan and accepted the four-match ban and 5,000 EGP fine from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Competitions Committee.
“What happened from me wasn’t on purpose, I just went to the referee to show him my opinion about his decision.” He added: “I was afraid from the second yellow card.”
“When I raised my hands while I was standing before the referee, it appeared on television that I’m assaulting him,” Soliman said, referring to the image that went viral of him appearing to lift the referee’s shirt.
Walid Soliman lifts the referee's shirt after getting a red card. pic.twitter.com/FCg016uyjD
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“I tried to contact the referee to make a personal apology but I couldn’t, so I apologize to him and to everybody and I accept any decision from the competitions committee,” he concluded.
It’s worth mentioning that Al Ahly have decided to impose a punishment on Walid, the club’s football director and former captain Wael Gomaa revealed.