The sports community is awaiting the return of the foreign whistle again to lead the matches of the ADNOC Professional Football League, after it was absent during the previous rounds. And it stands out in the forefront during the remaining rounds of the current season, nine summit matches and “derbias” strongly nominated for the emergence of the foreign whistle, headed by two prominent summits in the next round 16, which combines Al-Wahda and Shabab Al-Ahly 10 current at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, as well as facing Al-Ain and Al-Jazeera. In the same round on the 11th of this month at Hazaa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.
As for the rest of the matches, the Sharjah and Al Jazira match will be on the third of next March in the 18th round, as well as the strong confrontation between Al Wahda and Al Ain in the 19th round on the tenth of the same month at Al Nahyan Stadium, and the Al Jazira summit and Shabab Al Ahly on the 11th of next March in the same round.
Round 21 will witness a strong confrontation between Al-Wahda and Sharjah on April 16, and on the same day Al-Ain and Shabab Al-Ahly will face each other. Round 23 will witness a summit between Al-Ain and Sharjah on the seventh of next May, and within the same round on the eighth of May Al-Wahda and Al-Jazeera.
These confrontations are considered very important in the struggle between the leading teams for the shield of the current season, as Shabab Al-Ahly currently leads with 29 points, one point ahead of Sharjah II.
It is noteworthy that the Emirates Football Association announced new conditions for the use of foreign referees in the President’s Cup competition and the Professional League in the current season, and set a maximum of four matches for each club, either in the cup or league competition, noting that it was specified last season for professional clubs to seek assistance. The foreign whistle in two matches as a maximum. The cost of hiring a foreign arbitration team per match is 170 thousand dirhams, which is borne by the requesting club.
The current season witnessed the appearance of the foreign referee in four matches, with two matches in the league, and the same in the cup. Portuguese referee Artur Suarez led the Al Ain and Al Wahda match in the sixth round of the league, and the Hungarian referee Tamash Bognar officiated the Sharjah and Al Wahda match in the eighth round.
In the cup, New Zealand referee Matthew Conger led the Sharjah and Al-Wehda match in the cup final, while Spanish international referee Guillermo Fernandez managed the Shabab Al-Ahly and Al-Wehda match in the round of 32. It is noteworthy that last season, the foreign referee was used four times.
Urgent: convergence of points enhances the chance of foreign judgment
The former international football referee, Abdullah Al-Ajeel, confirmed that “the convergence of points, especially between the leaders and the runners-up, within the limits of only one point, enhances the opportunity for the foreign referee to appear in the big matches.” He added to “Emirates Today”: “It is important for the Referees Committee in the Football Association to develop an integrated plan on how to deal with these matches, by selecting experienced referees, along with video technology referees, to produce these matches in a distinctive way in terms of arbitration.”
Al-Ajel said: «The closer the clubs that compete for the top of the league and the title are in points, the greater the chance that the foreign whistle will have the best luck in managing the upcoming matches in the league, especially the derby matches, so the Referees Committee in the Football Association must make a thousand accounts for such These confrontations.
Portuguese referee Suarez managed the summit of Al Ain and Al Wahda in the first leg of the league. Photography: Eric Arazas
Top 9 nominated matches
■ Al-Wehda and Shabab Al-Ahly (10th of this month)
■ Al Ain and Al Jazeera (June 11)
■ Sharjah and Al Jazeera (March 3)
■ Al Wahda and Al Ain (March 10)
■ Al-Jazeera and Shabab Al-Ahly (March 11)
■ Al Wahda and Sharjah (16 April)
■ Al-Ain and Shabab Al-Ahly (April 16)
■ Al Ain and Sharjah (May 7)
■ Al Wahda and Al Jazeera (May 8)
The Football Association allows professional clubs to recruit foreign staff for a maximum of four matches, in the league or in the cup.
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