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Egyptian Committee of Referees announce resignation
The Egyptian Committee of Referees have announced their resignation following Al Ahly’s request to assign foreign referees for their league matches.
Juan Carlos Garrido, Al Ahly’s manager, has criticized this season’s refereeing, believing that decisions made by the referees have denied Al Ahly 9 league points so far.
Consequently, Al Ahly’s board have sent a letter to the Egyptian Football Association requesting foreign referees to be in charge of Al Ahly’s league matches starting with the upcoming derby against arch-rivals Zamalek on January 29th.
The Committee of Referees, headed by Essam Abd El Fattah, released a statement explaining their decision. The statement read: “The Committee of Referees refuse the presence of foreign referees given that the Egyptian ones have proven their worth; having refereed more than 186 League and Egypt Cup matches with a high degree of success, in addition to their excellent performances in the ongoing AFCON.”
“Having foreign referees will have a negative effect on Egyptian refereeing. Not to mention that the country is currently in need of financial support and the money should be directed towards this.
“The Committee completely trusts the local referees. They have been able to manage the tough matches, including the Cairo Derby, with efficiency and neutrality. Mistakes have been within a normal (or even below that) range, equal to that during the continental, worldwide championships.
“We are well aware of the intensity of the competition between the different clubs and we believe that our referees are able to keep up.”