Egyptian Football Association (EFA) confirmed on Sunday that Polish official Szymon Marciniak, who refereed the World Cup final between Argentina and France, will referee Monday’s Egyptian Premier League match between Ahly and Pyramids FC.
Spending heavily Before kickoff, Pyramids FC requested an international referee. Any club can petition the EFA for a foreign official, provided they foot the bill for their services.
The European Football Association has verified that Marciniak, 41, will be assisted by Polish nationals.
The famed referee is no stranger to Cairo, having presided over the Egypt Cup final in July of last year, which Zamalek won 2-1 over Ahly.
Since Saudi billionaire Turki Al-Sheikh purchased the rival club Pyramids in 2018, games between Ahly and Pyramids have been contentious affairs.
Prior to his dispute with the club’s board over its transfer policy, Al-Sheikh served as honorary chairman of Ahly and headed the Saudi Arabian General Sports Authority.
He had made significant investments in Pyramids, however, in 2019 he sold the club to Emirati investor Salem Al-Shamsi.
With 24 points after 10 games, Ahly is in second place, tied with Zamalek for the lead despite Zamalek’s superior goal differential.
With 20 points, Pyramids FC is in fourth place.