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Al Ahly Asks For Foreign Referees

Egyptian Premier League giants Al Ahly wants foreign referees to officiate its remaining games of the current top-flight season to avoid biased refereeing.

The Red Devils, who are the reigning EPL Champions, claim that there has been biased refereeing during its last few games.

Al Ahly conceded their second defeat in the league this season on Monday when they lost 1-0 to Ghazl El-Mahalla.

After the match, the club’s football director Sayed Abdelhafiz criticized some of the Egyptian referees for their poor officiating, accusing them of holding double standards in the league games.

Al Ahly’s board of directors have now sent an official letter to the Egyptian Football Association, EFA stating will fully take care of the expenses of the foreign referees, as per regulations.

“Referees have been committing unprecedented errors against our team in the league which negatively impacted the outcome of more than one game in the competition,” reads part of the letter in part.

“We want to make sure that if any of the two teams is harmed, it will be because of human error and not intentional.”

The club also noted that they have previously sent numerous letters to the EFA urging them to find a solution to the referees’ mistakes, but the EFA has been turning a blind eye to the board’s requests.

The Egyptian Football Association was not immediately available for comment.
Several referees have reported there is widespread pressure on match officials to manipulate games in Egypt.

Al Ahly are currently second in the league table with 37 points, four points behind leaders Zamalek, while Ghazl El-Mahalla are in eighth place with 27 points.

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