Tuesday 4 May 2021
The Board of Directors of Al-Ahly Club announced this evening, Tuesday, that it will send a letter to the Egyptian Football Association, requesting the appointment of foreign referees from the first European classification for all upcoming matches.
Al-Ahly clarified in his statement that it will bear all financial costs, according to the competitions regulations, which stipulate that in the event that any club requests the appointment of foreign referees for any match in which it participates and the federation agrees to meet its request, the club shall pay the costs of bringing foreign referees to the matches.
A crisis erupted between the Al-Ahly administration and the Egyptian Football Association, Monday evening, after the team lost to Mahalla with a goal without a response.
Sayed Abdel Hafeez, director of football at Al-Ahly, came out after the match, with statements in which he confirmed that he is in contact with Jihad Greisha, indicating that he will delete the referee’s number, Jihad Greisha, from his phone after repeated mistakes and apologies from the owner of the stadium whistle.
Al-Ahly’s speech came as follows:
The management of the club sent a letter this morning to the Football Association requesting the appointment of foreign referees from the first European classification for all upcoming Al-Ahly matches, and that the club bear all financial costs, according to the competition regulations “Article 110 C- In the event that any club requests the appointment of foreign referees for any match participating In it, and the association agreed to fulfill its request .. This club is obligated to pay the costs of summoning referees, arbitration allowances, transfers, accommodation … etc in foreign currency at least two weeks before the match. – Article 111: The Federation shall bear the costs of bringing in foreign referees for important matches of public sensitivity for reasons of public security, which are determined by the Federation’s Board of Directors.
In the event of rejection, the club asked FIFA officials to show the truth to the public opinion and announce the reasons, especially since Al-Ahly will bear all the financial costs for that .. Al-Ahly also asked in his speech to clarify the matter about the intransigence that many touch. Is it intended to push the club to resort to the International Football Association (FIFA) to expose the unjustified errors, whether “crude” arbitration, to which it is exposed?
Or what came in terms of amendments and arrangements in the match schedule without taking into account the principle of equal opportunities, especially since it has not yet been announced by the federation, why did Al-Ahly start the second round of the league without playing its postponed match with Aswan from the first round, and why did the activities of the second round start with a match Spinning the Mahalla, not the clearing Egypt, as happened in the first round .. which results in the Al-Ahly team playing two consecutive matches outside Cairo with Mahalla and then Al-Ittihad in Alexandria before the summit match, and before the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final match, which is scheduled for May 15th. This came after the “crude” arbitration errors committed by the referee of the Al-Ahly match and the spinning of El-Mahalla yesterday, as he overlooked the counting of a correct penalty kick for Mohamed Hani, the Al-Ahly player. He also overlooked the dismissal of the Ghazl El Mahalla defender, who had blocked Mohamed Sharif, the Al-Ahly striker, while he was alone in the goal. In addition to the fact that the competitor scored the goal of winning from “Fawel”, it is not correct, according to the testimony of all arbitration experts.
Al-Ahly mentioned in his speech some arbitration errors that left what is greater than question marks, in the fifth week of the league, and when Al-Ahly team faced its opponent, Wadi Degla, the match referee overlooked the calculation of a correct penalty kick in favor of Al-Ahly, who lost two points by tying it in this match, and in the week The sixth in the Ceramica Cleopatra match. The referee canceled a correct goal for Al-Ahly striker Mahmoud Kahraba, and in the eighth week of the Al-Ahly Bank match, the referee canceled a correct goal scored by Ayman Ashraf and Al-Ahly lost two points by tying in this match .. And in the tenth week in the Pyramids match, the referee canceled a correct goal scored by Ayman Ashraf. Walter Bwalya, and did not take a penalty for Al-Ahly striker Mohamed Sharif. Al-Ahly loses two points by tying in this match..and the same mistakes were repeated in the Mahalla match..and it was stated in Al-Ahly’s speech that he had previously addressed the Football Association several times on (1-18, 1-27, 2-3, 11-4-2021) to investigate the repeated arbitration errors against Al-Ahly, and the necessity Finding a stand on this matter, and establishing the principle of justice, and there was no response from the Union.
Today’s speech also touched on the complaint of the unjustified intention of setting a pressurized match schedule, and in an unprecedented way for Al-Ahly, as the team plays a match every three days, which dropped many of its components due to injury and physical and mental exhaustion. This is what many saw as harsh punishment for the Al-Ahly team for its honorable representation of Egyptian football in continental forums, winning the Champions League last season, participating in the Club World Cup and winning the bronze medal .. This is in addition to the unfair arrangement of the matches schedule, as Al-Ahly was supposed to play its match. In front of Aswan, the rest of the first round before we started the activities of the second round, but he found himself starting the activities of the second round, and instead of facing the Egyptian clearinghouse team in the first round of this round, similar to what happened in the first round, Al-Ittihad put the Ghazl El Mahalla match in the second round instead of Of them, which of course is outside Cairo, then the Al-Ittihad match in Alexandria, outside Cairo, all this travel and trouble before the summit match, and the first leg of the Champions League quarter-eight match.