The FA hopes that the upgrade in officiating will calm the hostile supporters of both teams.
The Egyptian Classico is upon us once again, as Al Ahly and El Zamalek football clubs prepare for another edition of their storied derby. The Egyptian FA is making sure that no one can complain about the referees being biased for the game tonight, as they have splashed the cash on a group of three Scottish referees. According to the Scottish Sun, the FA payed a hefty quarter-million Egyptian pounds, as well as covered the Scots' airfare and accommodation fees. Renowned head ref, Willie Collum has a glistening resume, having officiated at the EURO 2016 competition, among his many achievements.
Meetings between the two most successful African clubs of the 20th century are usually thoroughly entertaining with spectacular football on display, however more recent encounters have been reduced to petty spats and dangerous fan fights. Past riots have not only put the supporters’ safety in jeopardy but also that of the players and the referees. Ultras groups from both sides have professed their concerns that the Egyptian referees chosen to officiate the derby are biased and exercise favoritism in their decision making.
Hopefully these expenses will pay off for the Egyptian FA calming fans so no riots or fights occur after the game. It would be great to be able to watch a great spectacle such as this one without having to worry about the havoc that routinely follows these sort of affairs. Tune in tonight at 8 PM to watch the Egyptian El Classico kick off at Borg El Arab Stadium.