Egypt are set to submit an official complaint to world football governing body, FIFA, over the referee’s performance in the country’s 3-1 loss to hosts, Russia on Tuesday.
The Egyptian FA, led by its president, Hany Abo Rida, said the country’s football authorities are happy with several calls denied the Pharaohs by referees led by the man in the centre, Paraguay’s Enrique Caceres, demanding an investigation.
“We want an investigation into the performance of the whole refereeing team,” Abo Rida who is also a FIFA Council member said.
Although Egypt were awarded a penalty from which they grabbed a consolatory goal through talisman, Mohamed Salah, he felt the VAR system should have awarded another to striker, Marwan Mohsen, who was bundled over in the box by Russia’s Ilya Kutepov on 78 minutes. He also argued that the host nation’s first goal, an own goal by captain Ahmed Fathi, should have been adjudged a foul on the unfortunate captain.
“The referee should have used VAR to check and award a penalty. They should have also seen that Fathi had been pushed,” he complained.
Egypt, already eliminated from the tournament, play their dead-rubber third game against Saudi Arabia on Monday before they head back home to the North African nation who, Abo Rida confessed, are “not happy” with the team’s performance.