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EGS Gafsa quit Tunisian league in protest over refereeing

El Gawafel Sportives de Gafsa have quit the Tunisian Ligue 1 over poor officiating, the club’s vice president announced.

The Tunisian side withdrew in protest at the refereeing of their 2-1 defeat against Club Africain in the 23rd round of the league. Gafsa were leading after they opened the scoring in the 40th minute. The hosts levelled the scoreline through a penalty in the 75th minute and scored the winner eight minutes later.

According to the club’s vice president Rabii Belkhodja, the board decided to withdraw from the league due to the “injustice” that they suffered at the hands of the referee during their match against Club Africain.

“Today we faced injustice from referee Yassin Harush. Before the match, we warned against the appointment of Harush and what we expected has happened. He deprived our team from victory and from three points that would have been important in our battle to avoid relegation,” Belkhodja told Tunisian newspaper Alchourouk.

“This happened as he awarded them a penalty after they failed to equalise. He gave them the chance to get back into the game,” he added.

With seven rounds remaining, Gafsa are battling relegation as they occupy the 15th position in the overall standings on 19 points. On the other hand, Club African sit ninth on 26 points.

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