Friday,22 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1399, (28 June - 4 July 2018)
Friday,22 February, 2019
Issue 1399, (28 June - 4 July 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Greisha in charge

It was an easy job to referee England against Panama but all the same Egypt’s Gehad Greisha did a good job, reports Abeer Anwar

In his first World Cup appearance Egyptian referee Gehad Greisha awarded two penalty kicks to England which went on to eviscerate Panama 6-1 for the largest number of goals scored in one game in Russia thus far.

The English team showed commendable first-half discipline to avoid getting involved in Panama's ham-fisted physical approach, simply letting the inevitable take its course in the hands of Greisha who was determined to punish penalty-area transgressions.

Greisha was passed up in the first round of the group matches, instigating rumours as to why. But he was given the nod for the England-Panama encounter.

“I have received a number of e-mails and phone calls thanking me and praising the standard of the Egyptian referee Greisha in the match he refereed,” Essam Abdel-Fattah, ex-World Cup referee said about Greisha’s performance. “I think he was up to the challenge and was fair and perfect. I really thank him for making the image of the Egyptian refereeing a good one,” Abdel-Fattah, also head of Egyptian referees, said.

Greisha was the only Egyptian referee at this year’s World Cup. He follows Gamal Al-Ghandour and Abdel-Fattah as the only Egyptian referees who have taken part in the world’s greatest sports event.

The 42-year-old Greisha became a FIFA referee in 2008. He participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Egyptian is working at his first World Cup after 10 years being a FIFA-listed official. He began his career in the Egyptian leagues before becoming an international referee in 2008.

Last year, Greisha was in the middle for games at the under-17 World Cup while also taking charge of games involving his home country twice.

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