Egyptian referee under fire for watch malfunction

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Dec 2015

The watch malfunction, which meant that an extra two full minutes were added to stoppage time, allowed Ahly to score and hence win the match

Emad El-Nahas
Aswan coach Emad El-Nahas (Ahram)

Egyptian referee Mahmoud Ashour is facing criticism after he said his watch malfunctioned, after two full minutes were added to the Ahly-Aswan first half stoppage time.

The game ended with a 3-1 win for Ahly in the military-owned stadium Borg El-Arab in Alexandria in the 11th match-day of the Egyptian Premier League.

The referee initially announced one minute stoppage time but extended it to three minutes allowing Moemen Zakareya to score the Cairo giants' second goal.

Aswan player Fouad Salama announced that the referee -- when asked – told him "I am sorry. My watch crashed."

"We lost the game in the first half thanks to the referee," Aswan coach Emad El-Nahas said discernibly in the post-match press conference. He added that "we have been negatively affected mentally and psychologically after the unfair goal in the first half."

El-Nahas also revealed that Ashour was informed by his assistant when the minute ended but he intended to make it longer.

In a similar incident, title-holders Zamalek heavily objected to refereeing mistakes early this month threatening that they could boycott the league.

The Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour even accused the referee committee of corruption and launched a lawsuit against its members and included "documents and records that condemn them."

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