Brazil-Egypt Statement
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FIFA have this afternoon written to the Egyptian Football Association regarding yesterday's FIFA Confederations Cup match between Brazil and Egypt.

FIFA had received a letter of complaint from the Egyptian FA following the match at the Free State Stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein. Whilst not disputing the correctness of the referee's decision to award a penalty in favour of Brazil, and show the Egyptian player Ahmed El-Mohamadi the red card, the Egyptian FA questionned the manner in which the referee Howard Webb came to his decision.

FIFA analysed the decision by going through all the evidence at its disposal, including the referee's match report, as well as the additional statement that Howard Webb provided at FIFA's request.

A thorough analysis of the aforementioned documents revealed that the decision in question was achieved through teamwork between the match referee and his Assistant Referee Number 1, Mike Mullarkey, who confirmed the offence to the referee from his clear viewing angle.

Following his sending off in the match Brazil v Egypt on 15 June 2009 for denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball, Ahmed AL MUHAMADI ABDEL FATAH ISSA is suspended for Egypt's Group B fixture against Italy on 18 June 2009 at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.