Last Update 23:5
Sunday, 13 October 2019

Ahly to request European referees for all league games

Ahmad Hassan, Tuesday 2 Oct 2018
Ahly striker Walid Azaro during the 0-0 draw against El-Entag El-Harby (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Views: 2352
Views: 2352

Egyptian champions Ahly have decided to ask the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to appoint European referees for all their upcoming games in the Egyptian Premier League, the club announced late on Monday.

“The board, led by president Mahmoud El-Khatib, decided to direct a formal letter to the EFA requesting European referees for all their upcoming league games starting from the next match against Ittihad of Alexandria,” read a statement posted on Ahly’s official website after the board meeting.

“The letter will be the second after the first one sent by the club expressing concerns about the referee performance during the league game against El-Entag El-Harby on 2 September, to which they have not yet received a response from the EFA,” the statement added.

Ahly had a strong appeal for a penalty waved away by the referee and had a clear goal disallowed for offside in their goalless draw with El-Entag El-Harby.

On 16 September, the EFA announced it would introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in domestic football after the refereeing controversy clouded recent Premier League matches.

Ahly are currently 7th on the league table after five games and after having a number of matches postponed due to their participation in the CAF Champions League. The team have collected 11 points, only six behind leaders Zamalek, who have played three more matches.

Meanwhile, the eight-time African champions Ahly will be targeting a comforting home victory against Algerian ES Setif this evening in the tournament’s semi-final first leg.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.