Al Ahly file complaint to FIFA over ‘unacceptable’ officiating errors
Al Ahly have filed a complaint to the FIFA Ethics Committee against Botswanian referee, Joshua Bondo, following their defeat against Etoile du Sahel, reports kingfut.com.
The Red Devils suffered a 1-0 defeat against Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in Group B’s opening game of the CAF Champions League.
Defender Ayman Ashraf was sent off in the 13th minute of the game after tackling the Etoile forward, Maher Hannachi, outside the penalty area, preventing a potential one on one situation in the process.
Following their defeat, Al Ahly filed a complaint to CAF on Saturday regarding the controversial sending off that affected the outcome of the match.
Three days later, Al Ahly decided to file another complaint, questioning Joshua Bondo’s performance in their game against Etoile.
“Al Ahly’s board, led by Mahmoud El-Khatib, have decided to file a complaint to FIFA because of the unacceptable officiating errors made by African referees against us in recent years,” Al Ahly’s statement read.
In addition to Ashraf’s controversial red card, Al Ahly also felt they were denied a clear penalty during the game.
The 41-time league champions also believe that Bondo did not take action against Etoile players, who were wasting time through injuries and substitutions, giving just three minutes of stoppage time.
Al Ahly are currently the Egyptian Premier League leaders with 12 points after four straight wins.
Their upcoming game will be on Tuesday against Beni Suef in the Egypt Cup’s round of 32. Kick-off takes place at 19:30 CLT.