Al Ahly football director criticises refereeing, lashes out on match official
Al Ahly football director Sayed Abdelhafiz has criticised Egyptian refereeing in the Red Devils games in the Egyptian Premier League, saying ironically that he will remove the number of Egyptian international referee Gehad Greisha from his phone.
Egyptian Premier League outfit Ghazl El-Mahalla has continued their impressive record against Egypt powerhouses as they managed to defeat title holders Al Ahly with a narrow 1-0 victory on Monday.
Al Ahly have now conceded their second defeat in the league this season after losing 2-1 to Smouha last month and now their defeat against El-Mahalla.
After the game, Abdelhafiz heavily criticised some of the Egyptian referees for their poor officiating, accusing them of holding double standards in the league games.
“I will remove Gehad Greisha’s phone number from my phone. Whenever he commits a mistake, he apologises to us,” Abdelhafiz told Al Ahly TV.
“Today Mohamed Maarouf [El-Mahalla- Al Ahly match official] wasn’t convinced about Hussein El-Shahat’s foul inside the box, then how was Greisha convinced that Zamalek deserved that penalty against Pyramids?”
“Only one referee gave us two penalties this season while all the rest of them agreed to not give us any penalty, meanwhile another team [Zamalek] received 12 penalties this season.”
Following their loss, Al Ahly remain in the second place with 37 points, four points behind league leaders Zamalek having played two games less.