PHOTOS: Zamalek inform EFA of their decision to forfeit the league
Zamalek board of directors have sent an official letter to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), in which three conditions were given to resume the league.
Zamalek Chairman Mortada Mansour revealed before that the team will forfeit the Egyptian Premier League this season, after referee Ibrahim Nour El-Dein made some controversial decisions during Al Ahly and Misr El-Maqassa match.
In an Emergency meeting – held on Monday – the Zamalek board of directors has given its conditions to resume the Egyptian Premier League this season. The board sent an official letter to the EFA, giving their conditions to resume the league and complaining about referee Ibrahim Nour El-Dein.
The letter read that the penalty that was awarded against Al Ahly should have been retaken, as Al Ahly goalkeeper stepped off his line before the penalty was taken, and that referee Nour El-Dein’s decision to award Al Ahly a penalty was a wrong one just like Ittihad of Alexandria match, when he awarded the Red Devils two penalties.
The board added that the referee punched El-Maqassa’s player in his chest, as well as sending off El-Maqassa player without committing any foul. They added also that Nour El-Dein should have awarded two penalties for their side against Smouha in the league match, which ended in a 0-0 draw.
Their three conditions to resume the league this season are:
1. Sack head of the refereeing committee Reda El-Beltagy and his entire board.
2. Sack referee Ibrahim Nour El-Dein, as he is biased against Zamalek and insulted the club’s Chairman in a phone call with a radio station program that hosted by Magdy Abdel-Ghany. The board added that the EFA should question him about the time spent in suspicious places like “Kortado and VIB nightclubs” with women.
3. Start an investigation with Al Ahly loanee Ahmed El-Sheikh for missing the penalty after conniving with his former side, which was awarded to El-Maqassa.
At the end of their letter, they stated that it was their right to ask for repetition of the game. Nevertheless, they didn’t take this step because Al Ahly was never a part of this conspiracy.
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