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CAF suspends Egyptian referee after poor performance in Champions League final

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Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha has been suspended for six months following his poor performance in the first leg of the 2019 CAF Champions League final.

Grisha was suspended by Caf after a complaint was made about decisions he made when Wydad Casablanca hosted Esperance de Tunis in Morocco last week.

The Moroccan Football Federation raised the issue with Africa’s governing body after Grisha disallowed the goal for Wydad and failed to award them a penalty, with both decisions made after consulting with VAR.

Caf said in a statement; “Following the first of leg of the Total Champions League final match played on 24th may 2019 between Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco) and Esperance de Tunis, the referees committee of the Confederation Africain de Football has decided to suspend Mr. Gehad Grisha for a period of six (06) months due to poor performance.”

This means that he will also miss the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in his home country.

Grisha is an experienced international referee since 2008, and was selected for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and took charge of England’s group-stage victory over Panama.

Wydad last lifted Caf Champions League trophy in 2017 while Esperance are the defending champions.

The second leg is due to take place on Friday 31st May at the Olympic Stadium in Tunis, with the scores level at 1-1.

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