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Egyptian referee denies imitating Ramadan Sobhy
Egyptian referee Ibrahim Noureldin asserted that the picture of him standing on the ball is an old one, and has nothing to do with the incident of Al Ahly youngster Ramadan Sobhy.
A picture of the referee standing on the ball went viral on social media websites, with a lot of people linking it to Ramadan Sobhy’s showboating in Zamalek game; the incident that provoked a lot of Zamalek players.
Several new reports claimed that the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) would launch an investigation into Noureldin’s picture, as it might cause unwanted clashes between the Cairo Giants’ fans .
Ibrahim Noureldin, however, denied the link between his picture and Sobhy’s incident, asserting it was an old picture.
“This is an old photo that was taken back in 28 November 2014; referees were to choose a specific move and this was mine. It has nothing to do with Ramadan Sobhy,” Noureldin said in a televised interview.
He added that the picture was taken during the last day of a referees’ camp that was held in El-Hadaf football field in the 6th of October city.
“A young referee searched through my photos on social media and shared this photo on his Facebook page,” concluded Noureldin.
Ramadan Sobhy’s showboating in two occasions against the Reds’ arch-rivals Zamalek has offended the Whites’ players and fans. The last incident was in the Super Cup clash when the Whites players fought with their opponent on the pitch, before Sobhy apologised asserting that humiliation wasn’t his intention.