Referee's decision irks Gaish coach Gaafar

الأربعاء، 20 مايو 2009 - 22:36

كتب : Hatem Maher

Gaish coach Farouk Gaafar was irked by the referee's decision to allow Ahli's equalizer to stand as his side surrendered their lead to lose 3-1 on Wednesday.

Defending champions Ahli needed to win to keep alive their Egyptian Premier League hopes by setting up a decider against Ismaili, who crushed Tersana 3-0.

The Red Devils surprisingly fell behind to Ahmed Abdullah's opener six minutes after the restart.

They pushed forward to claim the equalizer and their efforts paid off when a Mohamed Abou-Treika header found its way into the net.

Gaish players confronted referee Mohamed Risha to protest his decision not to disallow the goal. Television replays suggested that Abou-Treika might have shoved an opponent in the build up.

"The referee helped Ahli to win today," a furious Gaafar told Al-Hayat TV after the match.

"All of us saw him whistling for a free-kick just before Abou-Treika's header so we were astonished when he allowed the goal to stand."

Two stoppage-time goals by Ahmed Fathi and Mohamed Talaat gave Ahli all three points.

"Ahli are a great team, they don't need assistance from the referee to win," Gaafar added.

Gaish will have to wait for Thursday's league ties to know whether they will keep their seventh-placed position or not.

Police Union, Ittihad and Masri have a chance to leapfrog them.

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