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Essam Abdel-Fattah appointed as new head of refereeing committee

The Egyptian Football Association appointed on Tuesday Essam Abdel-Fattah as head of the refereeing committee following the resignation of Reda El-Beltagy.

Beltagy had come under pressure from Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour after Al Ahly game against Misr El-Maqassa, which ended in a 1-0 victory for Al Ahly thanks to Abdallah El-Said’s penalty. The outspoken chairman criticised Beltagy after the game over controversial refereeing and demanded his sacking.

Beltagy resigned on Monday to leave the position only two months after he was appointed. The former head of refereeing committee revealed that he would submit a complaint to the parliament against Mansour over threatening him.

“I’ve received intimidating messages on my phone from Mortada Mansour in the past period,” Beltagy explained to Sada El Balad TV channel.

“I took the decision a while ago, but the final decision was made two days ago. After every Zamalek match Mansour calls me more than 10 times and I don’t answer him,” he added.

Abdel-Fattah, 50, is a member of the current EFA board. He previously held the position of head of refereeing committee before resigning in December 2015.

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