Monday 29 November 2021
Books – Ali Al-Bahaji:
Essam Abdel-Fattah, head of the referees committee in the Football Association, confirmed that only 10% of referees are fit to manage league matches, noting that he admitted that things are difficult from the beginning.
Abdel-Fattah said in statements to Ontime Sports 1: “Only 10% of referees are fit to manage league matches, and we must be fair because of the development of arbitration during the last period.”
He added: “Some people carry me what happened before I came and I do not get a “milim” from my position as head of the referees committee, and I do not have a magic wand, and we need some time to prepare new cadres in the Egyptian arbitration.”
Regarding the delay in the referee’s penalty for the summit match, Abdel-Fattah explained that referee Mohamed Adel made a mistake when he spoke in the media about arbitrary decisions he took during the match, and this is prohibited.
And he continued, “At the same time, I told Mohamed Adel that he is one of the best referees for top matches throughout history.”
He continued: “Talking about management and containment is true talk in the science of arbitration, and the referee’s punishment came because of his statements after the match, and containment means managing the players, and in some clubs severe penalties are expected, and after diligence from the player, the penalty is lifted, and this is also containment.”
He concluded his statements: “Even arbitration is considered management, and arbitration is like a doctor, and there are some situations to keep the match, and our problem is that people are afraid of Al-Ahly and Zamalek and intolerance from some that lead to what we are now.”