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Essam Abdel-Fattah: Egyptian officials for Cairo derby

Essam Abdelfattah

Essam Abdel-Fattah has revealed that the coming Al Ahly and Zamalek games will be officiated by Egyptian referees rather than foreign ones.

Essam Abdel-Fattah, Egyptian FA’s member and the president of the referees committee, revealed to Al-Ahram sports section today that if Al Ahly and Zamalek qualify to the last stage of the , their game will be officiated by Egyptian referees instead of foreign ones, who have been officiating the Cairo derby since 1955.

Abdel-Fattah justified his decision by stressing on the massive improvement in the performance of the Egyptian referees in the current campaign of the league.

He added: “All we need is the support of the two Cairo giants [for the decision], and the media’s support too.”

Further on, Abdel-Fattah revealed his disappointment in the excessive red cards the managers receive during the games, however, he said that 5 red cards in 108 games is a very little ratio, and that the committee is looking to upgrade the suspension system.

Moreover, he said that a new sub-committee has been appointed to discuss both the positives and the negatives of every game with the referees right after the game.

Finally, Abdel-Fattah revealed that the refereeing committee delegates have been given a pay rise and that they’re closely monitored in order to make sure the referees performances are becoming better in order to help the development of Egyptian football.

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