The Egyptian Premier League derby between Cairo rivals Ahly and Zamalek later this month will be refereed by a foreign staff, according to the head of the Egyptian Football Association's normalisation committee Amr El Ganainy.
“Even with the presence of the video assistant referee (VAR) system, the derby won’t be officiated by Egyptian referees,” El-Ganainy told an Egyptian radio station on Tuesday.
The Egyptian Premier League is due to be resumed on Thursday after almost four months of suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Title holders Ahly are due to host their archrivals Zamalek in the anticipated derby on 22 August.
“The decision of appointing foreign referees for the derby matches is taken by the cabinet. It is final,” explained El-Ganainy.
“Resuming the league competition is normal, as most countries have resumed their competitions. We have arranged a certified hygiene system, and I think that there is no objection regarding these measures,” he added.
Ahly are firm favourites to win a fifth straight title since they top the table with 49 points after 17 games, 16 ahead of the nearest challengers Arab Contractors, who played one game more.
Zamalek currently lie in fourth place with 28 points from 16 matches.
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