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Ismaily reportedly lodge dispute over 2008-2009 League title

Ismaily have reportedly lodged a complaint to the Egyptian Football Association disputing the 2008-2009 title. The title race was one of the most dramatic in recent history. It was decided by play-off after Al Ahly managed to pull off a miraculous comeback in their final game of the season, scoring 3 goals in 5 minutes to set up an all or nothing showdown with joint league leaders Ismaily.

Ismaily 2008 Title

The Alexandrian based side are contesting the legitimacy of Al Ahly’s final match day win, arguing that the goal which bought them back into the tie, scored by Egypt National team and Ahly legend Mohamed Abou Treika in the 88th minute, should not have stood due to an apparent obstruction in the penalty area. Al Ahly, who were 1-0 down at the time in a match which they had to win, went on to win the game 3-1, with Ahmed Fathi and Mohamed Talaat rounding off the dramatic victory with two goals in 4 minutes following Abou Treika’s equaliser.

The win forced a play-off tie between the two Egyptian giants which Al Ahly won 1-0, courtesy of a brilliant headed goal by former Angolan National team striker Flavio. The Ismaily board have reportedly lodged the dispute with the Egyptian Football Association hoping to overturn the result of the final game that forced the play-off, which would see them crowned as champions for the 2008-2009 season.

Ismaily President Mohamed Abou ElSoud has mentioned that the dispute is based on “FIFA corruption in recent times” citing the news which has emerged in the past few days regarding payments by FIFA to the Irish Football Association as compensation following a blatant refereeing error in a World Cup qualifying playoff against France which saw Thierry Henry handball the ball twice to set up the deciding goal in the tie. The Alexandrian side have also threatened to take the case to the Court for Arbitration for Sports to decide the outcome if their appeal is not successful.

The goal can be seen in the video below. (Second goal, 25 second mark.)

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