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The Egyptian league is sh!t.

But to answer some of your questions. On the local league derby, which is ranked the 5th best derby in the world by FIFA, the stadium has at least 95,000 fans watching.

I think you just lack info of the referee, regardless of his nationality (which seems to be the problem now with everyone since this game is strictly for classy Brazilians/Italians/Spaniards/Germans only)..

Here is some info about the Egyptian referee who "lacks the experience of big competitions":

- This is his second and last world cup, he refereed more than one game in the WC98 some of them in the quarter finals I believe but the most important one was the 3rd place match between Holland and Croatia.

- He is the only non-European referee in history to be asked by UEFA to referee some of the European championship matches (EURO2000). All other referees must be Europeans.

- He refereed at least 3 African Cup of Nations (last one being ACN2002) and refereed at the Asian Cup of Nations, the top two continental championships in Asia and Africa along with Euro2000 as I mentioned (can you tell me another referee who has refereed the top championship in Europe, Asia AND Africa?). He also refereed in the Confederations cup. Not to mention plenty of friendlies of course..

Not to mention the African champions league, Cup Winners Cup, CAF Cup and I believe he did referee in the Asian champions league as well.

- He refereed Spain 3-1 Paraguay and Brazil 5-2 Costa Rica in this world cup with amazing success.

- He of course referees in the Egyptian league, the best league in Africa according to the fact that the best two clubs in Africa come from Egypt according to CAF.

- He has also refereed for more than one season in the Japanese league after the Japanese officials asked for him in person as he was one of the best in WC98.

- He has been a referee for the past 9-10 years..

So as you see, this referee is not chosen out of the blue or because of the fact that he is "Egyptian", but because he is GOOD. Simple. He is ranked by FIFA as one of the best referees in the world so as you see he does have better experience than Simon and thats why he was elected, not Simon (probably Simon's history in Mexico vs Italy was also another factor why he didnt get chosen while Gamal had a perfect history in the previous matches).

I for the final time ask you to just lose your blindness, forget the referees nationality, dig up his history, his performance, his career and you will find up this is one of the best referees of the world only let down by his linesmen. Garrincha, I know you are not a loser who blamed all the world for Spains exit like some did, in fact I can remember you praised Korea, but dont you notice here that you are basing all your opinion on the referees nationality ?

The question shouldnt be how good/bad this referee is (because he is good) the question should be how could a bunch of European racists defame this referee (in newspapers) for "bad calls" and let the Scottish, English, Danish, Portuguese, Brazilian get away with similar mistakes without being "insulted and defamed" ?

Speaking of the Brazilian referee Simon who is World Class and has better skills than this poor little crappy Egyptian referee who can be insulted because he has refereed in the poor crappy Eyptian league.. Wasnt Carlos Simon, the Brazilian referee you are referring to, the referee of Mexico vs Italy ? Wasnt he the one who cancelled two goals for Italy ? So why are you saying Simon is world class, and Gamal isnt ? This is my problem with such accusations. Everyone makes mistakes, Gamal did minor ones, but what I hate is giving credit to referees from "top countries" even though they did even worse mistakes.

And I still dont see where Gamal went wrong, the first disallowed goal was cancelled for clear shirt pulling/foul on Puyol against Kim and the second "cancelled goal" was the responsibility of the linesman.

PS Gamal Ghandour received a higher rating on the Spain vs Korea match than Simon received on his Mexico vs Italy game according to a TV program I watch on a dedicated Sports Channel.

I think I explained everything. Referees are human, they make mistakes, but apparently when you are from a country where your team doesnt win always your mistakes will not go unforgiven.
 

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I agree with that, I never said he was right but it would take a lot, and I mean a lot of courage to cancel that saved penalty in a quarter finals of the world cup against 60,000 fans. Still, its not an excuse, but not an aweful mistake either because Joaquin took a delay step.

Anyways, I know this referee too well, I know his history like I know the history of my favourite football club (I always believed he doesnt like my football club either) and I guess my defense for him is because I met him and I know how good and honest this guy is I dont believe anyone can think he would take a bribe on the last day of his great international career.

Just a correction on the notes I posted above, he refereed 4 African cup of Nations and was due to referee the final of the 98 tournament but since Egypt made it to the final and won he was not allowed to referee it of course. But he refereed the final of the african cup of nations in February 2002, Senegal vs Cameroon.

It took us 10 different camera angles and proof from pictures to realise that there was a pull in the first goal by the Spanish attacker, so why cant we accept that there is a great chance referees will make many errors since they have only a split second to make the decision and they can only get to see the play once from one angle only ?

Also, sad news is Said Belkoula, the Moroccan referee who refereed the final of WC98 died about a week ago, he had cancer and he was 46 only (approx). Thats why you saw some referees wearing a black armband. Only months before he died some African teams (and some CAF officials) accused him of taking bribes too but he was one of the best referees I know, I guess its easy for the losers to always blame the referees.
 

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Yep.. Perhaps I am a racist.. If that makes you any happy :)

PS "Bunch of Europeans.." thats not "All Europeans..".. Read.. Understand.. Post. ;)
 
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