Referee Suspended For Using Fan Phone…To Disallow Goal

Mohamed Farouk

Egyptian referee, Mohamed Farouk, has been suspended for using a spectator’s mobile phone to disallow a goal in a league match.

Al-Nasr thought they had scored late equalisers away to Suez in a second division match last Friday.

There is no video assistant referee (VAR) in Egypt’s second tier, but Farouk used the phone to watch a replay after the home side protested there was a handball. Farouk then ruled the goal out.

The Egyptian Football Association said in a statement that Vitor Pereira, who replaced Mark Clattenburg as head of the Egyptian Referees Committee earlier this month, decided to suspend the entire refereeing staff for an “indefinite period”.

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