Rashid bin Humaid: Seeking help from foreign referees is an idea put forward by the Football Association

Rashid bin Humaid during the handover of the Arabian Gulf Cup to Al-Ahly Youth leader Majid Nasser.

Photography: Osama Abu Ghanem

The President of the Football Association Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi confirmed that "the use of foreign referees to manage some local matches is an idea proposed for implementation by the Football Association," stressing that the main goal is to develop the level of Emirati referees.

He said in press statements after the conclusion of the final of the Arab Gulf Cup, which witnessed the coronation of Al-Ahly youth yesterday: “We support the Emirati referee, which is the top priority of the Football Association, and we will continue to provide them with all means of support from camps and tournaments with the aim of reaching them into the world, and we had some remarks that reached us from Clubs, and they have the right to criticize some of the existing arbitration cases, and we have a plan to use the International Football Association to upgrade the level of referees.

He added, "The use of foreign rulers is an idea on the table, but the main goal is to raise the level of Emirati rulers, and they are always our priority."

The President of the Football Association praised the technical level of the Cup final, and said: “Shabab Al-Ahly and Al-Nasr qualified for the final for the second time in a row, evidence of the great work done by the management of each club. As for the organization, I see that the Professional League made a great effort, with full commitment to the precautionary measures and protocol. For organizing matches ».

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