The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) lodged Wednesday an appeal with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against a recent ban imposed on Egyptian referee Gehad Greisha.
On Tuesday، Greisha received a six-month suspension by the African football governing body due to what they called a poor performance during the Champions League final، according to Ahram online.
"The refereeing committee at the Egyptian Football Association decided to lodge the appeal to lift the suspension imposed on Greisha as they have full confidence in his efficiency on both the domestic and continental levels،" read a statement by EFA.
Greisha came under fire following his performance during the first leg of the Champions League final between Wydad de Casablanca and Esperance de Tunis last week. The Egyptian referee took charge of the first-leg of the CAF Champions League final between Wydad Casablanca and Espérance de Tunis، which ended in a 1-1 draw in Morocco، King Fut reported.
Fousseny Coulibaly put the visitors into a 44th-minute lead، before they gave it up after Cheick Ibrahim Comara’s late equaliser in the 79th minute.
In a game full of incessant fouling and bickering، Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha was forced to dish out four yellow cards in just the opening 45 minutes.
The 43-year-old referee also went to the VAR twice، the first time to rule out a goal for the hosts due to a handball in the build-up to the goal، before not awarding Wydad a penalty in the 57th minute after consulting the VAR.
A red card was also shown to Wydad’s midfielder Brahim Nakach after picking up two yellow cards in only five minutes.
This led the Moroccan giants to lodge a complaint to CAF against the Egyptian referee because of his poor decision making، highlighting his actions in the two VAR incidents.