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Zamalek quit league over refereeing

Zamalek will quit the Egyptian Premier League as long as Gamal El-Ghandour remains in his position as the head of the refereeing committee, the club announced.

The White Castle’s board issued the withdrawal statement amid Al Ahly’s match against Arab Contractors, which saw the referee send off two Contractors players during the first half of the match.

“At a time when an illegitimate goal for Maqassa was allowed to stand, two Contractors players were unfairly sent off their match against Al Ahly,” Zamalek statement read.

The statement refers to Zamalek game against Misr El-Maqassa on Sunday, which saw the referee adjudge El-Sayed Hamdy’s shot to have crossed Gennesh’s line, while the replays proved it did not actually cross.

Zamalek accused the referees of favouring Al Ahly, after two Contractors players were shown the red card for protesting the Red Devils first goal in their match on Wednesday.

“This indicates that there is an intention to gift the league title to our rivals,” the statement added, describing the competition’s atmosphere as “unhealthy” and “unfair”.

The Cairo giants have previously announced forfeiting the league in December, before withdrawing their decision one day later.

Zamalek currently sit second in the league table on 60 points, eight away from leaders Al Ahly, who defeated Contractors 3-0.

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