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Abdel-Fattah: Gehad’s error was clear and huge

Gehad Grisha

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Head of the refereeing committee Essam Abdel-Fattah has expressed his anger at Gehad Greisha’s fatal decision of not awarding Zamalek a clear penalty against El-Maqassa.

The Whites lost 1-0 to Misr El-Maqasa under controversial circumstances, as Maqassa defender Ahmed Samy blatantly punched the ball away inside the penalty area, but the referee didn’t award them a penalty.

READ: Zamalek: Gehad Greisha is an unfair referee

Zamalek tried to forfeit the game just minutes before it ended because of Greisha’s decision, but they returned back to the field again, continuing the remaining minutes.

“The Egyptian referees get scared of managing these types of games. I’ve been handed the responsibility of the refereeing in Egypt when it almost hit rock bottom and I have never backed off,” Abdel-Fattah said.

“Gehad’s error was clear and huge, he should’ve been positioned in the right place in order to have a clear sight of the incident,” he added.

Abdel-Fattah also said that mistakes like this cannot be contained and that Greisha is currently the best referee in Africa in addition to being mentally ready to manage a game of this caliber.

He ended his words by saying: “We will hold a meeting on Saturday (March 4) morning and we will make decisions, but I assure everyone that the refereeing stage in Egypt needs a long time to improve. We made some tests that nobody was capable of passing.”

Zamalek’s next game will be held on Tuesday, March 7 against Tala’a El-Gaish at Petrosport stadium in Cairo.

Reporter at KingFut and a Broadcast Journalism senior at Misr International University.

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