By Aisha Adams,
African football’s governing body CAF has suspended one of its best referees Gehad Grisha from Egypt following shocking allegations of ” poor performance” in the first leg of the Champions League final between Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Esperance.
Egyptian official Gehad Grisha has been removed from his duties for six months after a complaint was made by Morocco FA led by their President Faouzi Lekjaa about decisions he made when Wydad Casablanca hosted Esperance in Morocco last week.
The Moroccan Football Federation raised the issue with the governing body claiming Grisha disallowed a goal for Wydad and failed to award them a penalty, with both decisions made after consulting with VAR.
Wydad played most of the second half with 10 men after having their captain, Ibrahim Nakash, red carded for two bookings inside five minutes at the Stade Moulay Abdallah in Rabat.
A statement from CAF said: “CAF decided to suspend the Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha for six months due to his poor performance at the first of leg of Champions League final match between Wydad Casablanca and Esperance de Tunis which ended in a 1-1 in Morocco last Friday.
“The Moroccan Football Federation sent a complaint against Grisha yesterday after huge anger and demands of Wydad board and fans from the performance of the Egyptian referee that may cost the Moroccans the CL title as they think.”
The decision by CAF Refereeing committee has pulled a distract button and spread fear to the CAF elite Referees who now feel targeted when they dont make decisions favouring certain clubs as ethics has been cluttered down to the ground.
The second leg is due to take place on Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Tunis, with the scores level at 1-1 after the controversial first game.
Fousseny Coulibaly gave the visitors the lead in Casablanca shortly before half time, and at that stage the Tunis side looked a good bet to retain their title.