Cairo - Cairo giants Zamalek announced they would withdraw
from the Egyptian league in protest at the refereeing of their 3-2 defeat to
The reigning champions' board said in a statement after
Sunday's match that it objected to the referee's "wrong" decisions to
send off defender Ali Gabr, and award Tala'ea a penalty.
The statement said the club had objected against the choice
of the referee, Mahmoud al-Banna, prior to the match.
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"It appears there was an objective to appointing Banna
to referee the match, to hinder Zamalek's march," the statement said.
Tala'ea scored two penalties after six and 56 minutes.
The first penalty came after the referee ruled that Gabr had
tripped an attacker.
Banna awarded Tala'ea another penalty when Hazem Imam
blocked Alaa Ali in the penalty box.
Zamalek's next scheduled match is on Wednesday, against
Ghazl El Mahalla.For
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