CAIRO: Egyptian referees are unlikely to breathe a sigh of relief soon after Masri chairman Kamel Abou Ali launched a scathing attack on one of them following his side s defeat by Ahly.
Masri slumped to a 2-0 loss to leaders Ahly in the Egyptian Premier League on Wednesday after conceding two goals in the last 10 minutes.
They could have been awarded a first-half penalty when Mohamed Barakat apparently brought down Masri s diminutive winger Ahmed Shedid inside the area.
However, referee Yasser Mahmoud waved away their penalty claims to prompt Masri players to surround him in rage.
The referee s decision was a farce, film producer Abou Ali, who spent big in the January transfer window to reinforce Masri s squad, said after the game.
If Shedid was an Ahly player, he would have been given a penalty immediately after falling on the ground.
The referee either knows nothing about the rules or he deliberately declined to award us a clear penalty.
Earlier on Wednesday, Mansoura threatened to withdraw from the league after losing 1-0 to Police Union.
They hit out at the referee for failing to take into account his assistant s flag in the build up to the goal.
Ahly and Petrojet have recently said they would ask the Egyptian FA to bring in foreign officials for their league games.
Masri want to follow in their footsteps.
Our remaining games in the league should by officiated by foreign referees, Abou Ali added.