Al Ahly threaten to withdraw from league after ‘blatant referee mistakes’ in Entag El Harby game
Egypt giants Al Ahly have issued an official statement requesting an investigation with match official Ibrahim Nour El-Deen from the Egyptian Football Association following their board of directors meeting on Monday.
Entag El Harby had held Al Ahly to a goalless draw in the fifth fixture of the Egyptian Premier League. The encounter witnessed a couple of controversial calls which saw the Red Devils calling for a penalty and a legitimate ruled out Momen Zakaria goal.
“Al Ahly state they categorically refuse the blatant mistakes which was committed by Entag El Harby match referees, calling for the EFA to urgently hold an investigation with them and put things in their right place once again in order to continue in the competition,” Al Ahly said in their statement.
The Egyptian Premier League title holders also asked the EFA to reconsider the assigning these referees in the upcoming league games. Moreover, they requested that EFA hold their responsibilities towards developing the refereeing system in the league and using the most advanced technologies, applying Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Al Ahly also demanded the FIFA Fair Play to be deployed to maintain fairness in the league.
The Red Devils concluded that they hold all the rights for a potential escalation, even if they were required to forfeit the league competition, in case of the absence of clear vision from the EFA and taking strict decisions. The club also beheld they are ready to cover the costs of appointing foreign referees if needed.
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