Hassan demands fans’ support, Fathy fires at referees

Eslam Omar, Thursday 26 May 2011

After Ahly’s satisfying 3-0 win over Haras El-Hodoud on Thursday, the players are confident they can fulfill their title hopes

Ahmed Hassan

Ahly’s midfielder Ahmed Hassan demanded the Cairo giants' fans support them in the title race after the 3-0 victory over El-Hodoud in round 23 of the Egyptian Premium League.

“All players got back on the right track against El-Hodoud making an overwhelming appearance,” the Pharaohs captain said adding “The fans’ support was like magic for the team.”

The Red Devils winger, Ahmed Fathy started a battle against local referees accusing them of persecuting the title holders and he demanded international referees for the next matches.

“I don’t understand how local referees make their decisions,” Fathy said.

El-Hodoud were given a controversial penalty by Egyptian referee Omar Fahim during the first half when central defender Wael Gomaa allegedly fouled Ahmed Mekki in an aerial challenge.

Fahim didn’t please the Alexandrian team either; they are considering launching a complaint against him for allowing Ahly’s suspended football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz to appear in the pitch before the second half.

Hodoud and Egypt striker Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek also had an argument with the assistant coach and he might be punished.

Title holders Ahly are level on points (46) with Zamalek, who are chasing their first league triumph since 2004 and hoping to restore their three-point lead by beating Maqassa on Thursday.

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