Between Gassama and Gherbal.. An Arab dream lost due to arbitration failure


The Algerian referee, Mustafa Ghorbal, moderated the meeting between Senegal and Egypt in Dakar, while the famous Gambian referee, Bakari Gassama, moderated the meeting. Algeria and her guest Cameroon.

In the two meetings, the decisions of the two referees had a significant impact on the course of the meeting, especially since Egypt lost on penalties, and Algeria came out in the last second of the meeting.

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Since the beginning of the meeting Egypt and SenegalIt seemed clear that the atmosphere in the new stadium in Dakar was not a normal match, as the fans entered with banners offensive to the Egyptian star. Mohamed SalahThe laser beams were directed at the faces of the “Pharaohs” players.

And to run a “charged” meeting like a meeting Egypt And Senegal, the referee for the meeting must have a high level of nerve control and difficult decisions, which Gherbal did not possess.

Ghorbal overlooked many violent interventions, and gave incorrect yellow cards to the two teams, which revealed a “disturbing” scenario for the Algerian referee during the match.

And what sparked the “anger” of the Egyptian fans and the Egyptian media, two shots, for violent interventions by players Senegalon two Egyptian players, who no longer have a screen for the “mouse” technique.

The first was when the Senegalese player stepped on the ankle of the Egyptian national team back Omar Gaber, a shot in which he no longer used the video technology, and he did not count anything.

There is no doubt that the shot deserved at least a yellow card, especially as it caused Jaber to leave the match, due to a serious injury.

Not to return to the video technology to review the shot, it was a strange decision by Gherbal.

The shot was repeated, with a violent intervention by the Senegalese player, by hitting the Egyptian player without a ball Amr Al-Sulayyawhich is the shot in which the Video Technology Department put the phrase “The shot is being verified for possible red card merit” in the official broadcast of the meeting.

This screen shot exposed Gherbal, who paid no attention to the video technology, and did not return to review the shot, despite a demand from the video room.

Ghorbal’s failure to return to the scene revealed his “fear” of having to expel a Senegalese player, which could result in the fans and players’ “irritability” against him, in a match that is not easy at all.

The Egyptian team failed to qualify, and did not present a “wonderful” level against Senegal, perhaps not because of arbitration, but some decisions that had been taken by Gherbal, would have turned the match upside down, and wrote a historic qualification for Egypt.

Gassama Bias

Gambian referee Bakari Gassama is famous for setting off the “fire” of controversy during the matches he manages, especially in which one of the parties is Arab, and this was repeated during the Algeria-Cameroon meeting.

Gassama returned to take the “strange” decisions, which began with calculating Cameroon’s first goal, without returning to the video technology, which clarified the presence of a Cameroonian player pushing the Algerian defender Issa Mandy.

The Cameroonian error may be counted in 90 percent of international matches, but Gassama had another opinion, as he proceeded to calculate the goal without hesitation, while he returned to cancel an Algerian goal in the extra half, to Islam Slimani, after he checked the video screen, which showed a light touch to the ball by hand before Put it in the net.

In addition to the decision of the Cameroon goal, Gassama refused to return to the video in 3 cases of a penalty kick for Algeria, during the meeting, which prompted the Algerian media to accuse Gassama of clear bias.

and about African Arbitration And the rule of a meeting Cameroon Gambian Bakari GasamaAlgeria coach Djamel Belmadi said: “Arbitration injustice is not new today, and we have been exposed to it for a long time“.

He added: “For a long time, we have been subject to a lack of respect, as the rulers do not respect Algeria, and they trample us.”

In the reality of football, arbitration issues do not pay attention, once the final whistle ends, there is no decision that can restore to Egypt or Algeria their right during the two decisive meetings, for justice must come on the field.

It is now certain that the 2022 World Cup will be without the giants Egypt and Algeria, and that the management of the African continent, organizationally and arbitrarily, still needs radical change and oversight.


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