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Hull City boss Bruce defends Egypt winger Elmohamady after hand goal

The Egyptian winger had a goal disallowed in the 3-0 loss to Newcastle after using his hand to push the ball into the net

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Feb 2015
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Ahmed Elmohamady of Hull city (Photo: Reuters)
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Hull City coach Steve Bruce has defended his Egyptian winger Ahmed Elmohamady after his controversial goal in Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Newcastle.

Elmohamady had a goal disallowed in the first half after turning teammate Gaston Ramirez's free-kick into the net with his hand.

The 27-year-old right winger was booked by the referee after protests from Newcastle players.

Bruce said that Elmohamady was no cheat, insisting that match officials took the right decision.

"It’s a reaction, I’m not sure it’s cheating. He knows he can’t head it because it’s too high for him,” Bruce was quoted as saying by English media after the match.

“But I have to say the officials, they got it right — which I was pleased about because even in the situation that we’re in. We don’t want to be seeing goals that are not worthy of being a goal."

“Fair play to the officials, the right decision was made," the coach concluded.

Elmohamdy first appeared in the English Premier League's 2011 season coming from Egypt's outfit ENPPI.

He managed to save a regular place in Hull City's squad this season since joining them on a permanent basis from Sunderland in 2013.

The player scored one goal for the Tigers in 23 league appearances this season.

Hull City currently lies at 18th place in the league table with 19 points, 34 behind leaders Chelsea.

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