The Football Association announced that the summit match between Al-Ahly and Zamalek, scheduled for April 18 this year, at Cairo Stadium, which was postponed from the fourth week of the league, will be held by an Egyptian referee team, explaining that he has not received any objection from Al-Ahly and Zamalek regarding the referees of the summit match and did not request the introduction of foreign referees.
The Football Association added: “We took the opinion of the referees committee regarding assigning the summit match to Egyptian referees, and the referees committee agreed to that, and there is no intention to postpone the meeting by the security authorities.”
Zamalek had announced on its official website that it refused to appoint Egyptian referees to manage the summit match against Al-Ahly, and the official website of Zamalek said: “Although Zamalek puts its full confidence in Egyptian arbitration, but due to the flare-up of the competition at the top of the tournament, it refuses any direction to the idea of assigning the match to an Egyptian crew and commitment to the custom He should be in the summit matches with the presence of a foreign refereeing team, especially since there is nothing to impede this, and to ensure that the Egyptian referees are relieved of embarrassment in such sensitive matches. “
The Football Association stated that the Corona virus is not the reason for assigning the summit match to an Egyptian refereeing team, adding: “We did not address any European Union about the referee of the summit match, and it is normal as long as all the matches are with Egyptian referees, this match is also with an Egyptian refereeing team.”
The federation continued: “We played all matches in the league without arbitration errors. I do not acknowledge the press releases issued by the clubs, and I promise the parties to the summit match to achieve justice on the field.”