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17.06.2009 Sports News

Egypt lodge complaint over Webb

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle
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Fifa has received an official complaint from Egypt over referee Howard Webb awarding Brazil a match-winning penalty in their Confederations Cup contest. Webb initially appeared to signal for a corner after Egypt's Ahmed El Mohamady handled on the line late on.

But he then sent-off the defender and gave a penalty which Brazil converted.

Officials are not allowed to use video evidence to aid decisions but Egypt claim Webb took advice from the fourth official who may have seen a TV replay.

Egypt assistant coach Gharib Chawki added: "As far as I am aware there is no rule allowing video evidence.

"The decision was changed after a statement by the fourth official, after watching the monitor, that it should be a penalty." …But FIFA rejects protest

FIFA has rejected a complaint from Egypt over referee Howard Webb awarding Brazil a match-winning penalty in their Confederations Cup contest.

The English official initially appeared to signal for a corner after Egypt's Ahmed El Mohamady handled on the line late on in their 4-3 defeat on Monday.

But Webb then sent off the defender and gave a penalty which Brazil converted.

Egypt claim Webb took advice from the fourth official who may have seen a TV replay but that was rejected by Fifa.

Fifa said in a statement: "A thorough analysis revealed that the decision in question was achieved through teamwork between the match referee and his assistant referee number-one Mike Mullarkey, who confirmed the offence to the referee from his clear viewing angle."

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