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Martínez: Referees are always helping Al Ahly and Zamalek

Mario Martínez

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ENPPI’s Honduran midfielder Mario Martínez expressed his dissatisfaction towards referees performances and their clear help to Egypt’s biggest two football poles Al Ahly and Zamalek, in addition to some flaws he experienced in the Egyptian League.

The 27-year-old who joined ENPPI in 2015 in a free transfer deal, spoke about his Egyptian football experience so far in a TV interview for DMC channel.

“Al Ahly and Zamalek do not need referees help, that’s why I don’t understand why they are getting a hand from them most of the time,” he illustrated. “There is too much respect from the referees to their players. I guess that’s fear from these two clubs.”

He gave an example saying that if a club in the league didn’t win any of its matches and is playing against Al Ahly or Zamalek, referees will also be by the two teams’ sides in such situations.

Martínez also listed a few flaws he noticed in Egyptian football. “A lot of match pauses. If there is a foul, it takes about five minutes to resume the game.”

Despite the number of problems he recalled, Martínez concluded by expressing his happiness playing in ENPPI and was surprised by the competitiveness of the Egyptian League.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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