'Rabia sign' causes predicament for Egyptian referee

The referee flashed a two-finger sign on both hands to escape the uproar.

'Rabia sign' causes predicament for Egyptian referee

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian football referee found a creative way to escape a predicament caused by the four-finger salute used by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in memory of pro-Morsi demonstrators killed in mid-August.

Referee Mohamed Ali was preparing to give a four-minute stoppage time for a Monday League game between prominent Egyptian teamsAl-Gouna and El-Entag El-Harby. But flashing the four-fingered sign would have stirred controversy, as it would likely be seen as a show of support for pro-Morsi demonstrators.

Instead, Ali flashed a two-finger sign on both hands to escape the uproar.

"I declined to flash the four-fingered sign, which is criminalized under law, in order not to be hailed by supporters of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood," he told private daily Al-Masryal-Youm.

"So instead I flashed two fingers on each hand to give the four-minute stoppage time,"he added.

Morsi supporters flash the four-finger salute to commemorate hundreds of protesters killed in the violent August 14 dispersal of two protest camps in Cairo and Giza.

Last week, the Egyptian government designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group following a blast at a Nile Delta security headquarters that killed 16 people, mostly policemen.

In November, Egyptian football giant Al-Ahly suspended striker Ahmed Abdel-Zaher and put him up for sale after he flashed the Rabaa sign duringa CAF Champions Leaguegame.

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