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‘We should’ve had a penalty!’: Reactions following Zamalek’s win over Al Masry
The press comments following Zamalek’s 1-0 win over Al Masry on Monday evening saw an elated Whites, whilst the reactions were far more livid on the green side.
The White Knights managed to beat the Green Eagles and move a step closer to winning the league title courtesy of Bassem Morsi’s goal, as they now hold a five point lead over second-place ENPPI and a staggering 11 point lead over arch-rivals Al Ahly.
Zamalek football director Ismail Youssef expressed his joy after beating Al Masry: “Today’s win was very important in order to extend our lead over ENPPI and Al Ahly.
“Al Masry played a quality game and Mokhtar Mokhtar [the Green Eagles’ coach] has already improved the team’s performance in a short period of time.”
On the other side, Mokhtar Mokhtar and Greens’ striker Ahmed Raouf were fuming following the encounter, claiming that their side were denied a “clear penalty” when the latter was brought down by Mohamed Koffi inside the area.
“I don’t want to comment on the refereeing,” Mokhtar started. “I prefer to leave it to the analysts out there, however in football there are sometimes doubtful situations and crystal clear ones.
“We were denied a clear penalty, and I don’t know why the referee didn’t award it. This loss has made things harder for us [as we sit only five points above relegation], and I wish luck stays on our side in the upcoming matches.”
Ahmed Raouf even went as far as claiming that there is favouritism from the referees.
“The penalty was clear,” stated the former Al Ahly and ENPPI striker. “If it was awarded and we’d converted it, then the game’s scenario would’ve changed completely.
“If a Zamalek player was the one who was brought down in the box, the referee would’ve given a penalty kick, no question.”
It is worth noting that Al Masry board has made a formal protest against referee Mohamed Hanafy, with club chairman Yasser Yehia saying that he ruined a “beautiful” performance.
“We have decided to make a formal protest against Mohamed Hanafy,” Yasser Yehia said. “The referee ruined a beautiful team effort with his calamitous decisions, thus affecting the outcome of the encounter.”