Al-Beltagy: Greisha “bend his luck” … and I refuse to protect the rulers

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Reda El-Beltagy, former head of the referees committee of the Egyptian Football Association, said that the international referee, Jihad Greisha, who managed the Zamalek and Pyramids match in the league championship, “bodes his luck,” adding that he refuses to protect the referees and whoever exceeds their rights is canceled or suspended for a year or two to become a lesson to others.

During telephone statements to the “Bulldozer Stadium” broadcast on the “Al-Shams” satellite channel, Al-Beltagy said: “Jihad Greisha has participated in international tournaments and competitions, but he (bodes his luck) to exclude him from the list of candidates to participate in the next World Cup.”

He added, “Greisha has presented achievements that Jamal Al-Ghandour did not make, but he still feels a lump because of his failure to nominate the World Cup. He feels the injustice he has suffered from the previous referee committee.”

He continued: “Greishas great experience qualifies him to manage that match (Zamalek and Pyramids) while he is sitting in the booth.”

He continued: “The unpleasant scene of the referee’s exit in the midst of the security guard does not happen except in Egypt (I don’t want security to protect the referees… I want the referee to be smashed). When the player attacks the referee and is crossed out or suspended for a year or two, it will become a lesson to others.”

Regarding the crisis that was raised at the end of the match, Al-Beltagy said: “Jihad was required to add 4 minutes to the stoppage time due to the time that was spent when calculating the penalty kick, returning to the fugitive, taking the kick and replacing it.”

When asked about the correctness of the penalty kick, he replied: “A correct decision by the referee to count the penalty kick. The ball touched the hand of the Pyramids defender and was outside his body, and I commend the referees of the video for summoning Greisha.”

He concluded: “Greisha was one of the candidates to run the summit match between Al-Ahly and Zamalek, but I imagine that he will become out of the accounts.”



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