Gamal Allam, the head of the Egyptian FA, has confirmed that they will speak to FIFA and ask them to replay the playoff final against Senegal as they believe the players were attacked. The Pharaohs lost to Senegal, on penalties, and therefore failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
As Egypt secured a first-leg win over Senegal, many expected them to walk away with a 2022 World Cup spot, but things just didn’t go to plan. A first own goal from Hamdi Fathi in the opening minutes of the second leg brought Senegal back into the game. However, despite clear chances for both teams, the game was tied in regular time and extra time, which forced a penalty shootout.
The Egyptians missed more than a few of their kicks, even Mohamed Salah didn’t hit the target, and Senegal came away as winners. However, the second leg was largely overshadowed by the actions of a number of home fans as they targeted the Egyptian bus with objects and even Salah, during his penalty, with a laser pointer which upset many. So much so that Gamal Allam confirmed that the Egyptian FA had sent a complaint to FIFA and requested a replay.
“Hani Abu Rida, Hassan Mustafa and the Egyptian officials of the African and International Federations must intervene to support the Egyptian team. I am on my way to Qatar to attend the FIFA Congress on Thursday afternoon. We have asked to meet the FIFA President Gianni Infantino as well as Patrice Motsepe, President of the Confederation of African Football,” Allam said, Goal reported.
“We asked for a replay of the match because the match took place in a strange atmosphere, and if we had lost under normal circumstances, we would have congratulated Senegal. We will present what happened to the disciplinary committee from the Federation and wait for an answer A lot happened with us in the match, our players were attacked.
“Mohamed Salah had the biggest share of the attack from the Senegalese fans who also tried to intimidate the players, and we asked for the board to be benched for the game but they refused. “
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