Mido instructs players not to kick ball out of play due to time-wasting tactics

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Dec 2019

Mido (Photo: Al-Ahram)

When a player falls to ground in apparent pain and the opponent refuses to kick the ball out of play, jeers usually ring out over what Egyptian football fans believe is bad sportsmanship.

But for Maqassa coach Mido, this has allowed players to feign injury far too easily and waste time at will. He can no longer tolerate that.

"Mido instructed the players not to kick the ball out of play. It's the referee's decision to stop play or not," Mido's assistant Adel Mostafa, a former Ahly and Enppi midfielder, said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

Mostafa said only 16 minutes were actually played in the second half of Maqassa's 2-1 defeat by Haras El-Hodoud in the Egyptian Premier League last month and only 21 minutes in the opening 1-0 loss to Gouna in October.

"This is way too much," Mostafa added.

It remains to be seen whether Mido's instructions to his players could alter one of the traditions of Egyptian football but it could spark a debate over the practice of kicking the ball out of play.

Maqassa lie eighth in the league  table with seven points from six matches.

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