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Egypt's FA lodges appeal against Greisha's suspension by CAF

In solidarity with Gehad Greisha, a referee suspended amid controversy over his decisions in the recent Champions League final, the Egyptian Football Association appealed to the CAF to lift the ban

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 29 May 2019
Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha (Reuters)
Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha (Reuters)
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The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced early Wednesday that it had lodged an appeal with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against a recent ban imposed on Egyptian referee Gehad Greisha.

On Tuesday, Greisha was hit with a six-month suspension by the African football governing body due to what they called a poor performance during the Champions League final.

"The refereeing committee at the Egyptian Football Association decided to lodge the appeal to lift the suspension imposed on Greisha as they have full confidence in his efficiency on both the domestic and continental levels," read a statement by EFA.

Greisha came under fire following his performance during the first leg of the Champions League final between Wydad de Casablanca and Esperance de Tunis last week.

The Moroccan Football Association launched an official complaint against the Egyptian referee, asking the CAF to take action against Greisha.

Greisha disallowed a controversial goal for Wydad and turned down a penalty for the team after reviewing the VAR on both occasions.

"We are confident that CAF officials will reconsider their decision, especially as our appeal is based on clear evidence that Greisha refereed the match with efficiency, courage and integrity, and also that he didn't commit mistakes that deserve this penalty," the EFA statement added.

Following to the CAF’s decision, Greisha will be dropped from the referee list for this summer's Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July.


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