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Essam Abdel-Fattah defends Egyptian referees

Essam Abdel-Fattah
The chairman of the referees committee in the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Essam Abdel-Fattah defended the Egyptian referees following the constant criticisms they face during the Egyptian Premier League matches.

Abdel-Fattah asked the Egyptian teams to stop criticizing the referees and to focus on their jobs instead, saying that the referees’ mistakes aren’t done intentionally.

“All of the teams benefited from the referees mistakes,” Abdel-Fattah said in a televised interview.

“Stop criticizing the referees and start developing your teams instead of blaming the refereeing decisions,” he added.

The former international referee words came after Al Masry’s club criticism to the referee’s decisions in their match against Misr El-Maqassa in the 30th round of the league. After the game, a member of Al Masry’s board said that referees will be the reason behind their relegation. Abdel-Fattah, however, explained that Al Masry benefited from the referee’s decision in the same game, as he awarded them a goal that was clearly an off-side.

He explained that whoever would win the league would do that because of their efforts and that those who will be relegated would be due to their dereliction.

Abdel-Fattah referred to the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid and Juventus that took place in the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, saying that the referee had made a mistake during the game, yet, he wasn’t faced by the criticism Egyptian referees face.

“Have you watched Real Madrid’s game against Juventus? The referee disregarded a clear penalty for Real Madrid that could have changed the course of events, but we haven’t seen the criticism that we see in Egypt,” Abdel-Fattah concluded.

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