Amin Omar and the referees team for the Al-Ahly and Zamalek match – the Egyptian League
The two international referees take back the scenes of the two summit matches, two confrontations over which a lot of controversy took place due to their unusual attribution of two Egyptian referees.
Omar said on Ontime Sports: “The media will be a burden for the referee if he focuses on him. My father asked me to turn off the phone before the match, from the moment the refereeing team was announced. I learned about the matter from the media, 48 hours before the match.”
Omar, who managed the last summit on May 10, which ended with a similar goal, continued, “I was worried, I slept on one side and I see (Mahmoud Abdel-Razek) Shikabala, I sleep on the other, so I see Mohamed Sharif, the players who enter the penalty area a lot, what they will do.”
Omar was subjected to severe criticism from Ibrahim Abdullah, a member of the Executive Committee of Zamalek, before the match. The latter accused him and his father of encouraging Al-Ahly.
Omar explained, “Yes, my father, my family, what is the problem with that? My grandfather was Zamalek and he used to quarrel a lot with my father.”
22 days before the match that Omar managed, Zamalek hosted its traditional rivals Al-Ahly, and Mahmoud Al-Banna was a referee for the match, which the latter won 2-1.
Al-Banna recalled the scenes of the match, saying through the same channel: “I did not expect the players to respond to the decisions in this way, although the result changed more than once in the match.”
About the video, he said: “I prefer to play without him. The problem is that sometimes we depend on him, and in the match I consider the video to not exist. I try to challenge him on the field. If I go to him a lot, the problems will increase in the match.”
Omar agreed with him, saying: “The video kills the joy of the match, as well as the talent of the referee. The referee may slacken and wait for the video, I like to play without it.”
The two referees agreed on the difficulty of the profession, so when they were asked about their sons’ walking in their footsteps, they replied, it refused.
Omar said: “I do not wish my son to be a referee, but rather a footballer,” while Al-Banna justified, “No, arbitration is misery, psychological and nervous pressure, you face great difficulties, you train on your account, you deal on your account, I hope that my son is a soccer player.”
In a categorical answer, the duo denied that the referees feared Al-Ahly and Zamalek while managing the two clubs’ matches.
The Egyptian rulers are subjected to severe criticism, and before the April 18 summit between Zamalek and Al-Ahly, the two clubs did not agree to assign the meeting to an Egyptian rule.
In recent years, it has been customary to assign the meeting to a foreign referee. In the last 23 matches between Al-Ahly and Zamalek, an Egyptian referee managed the match only 5 times.