Egyptian referee disallows goal after watching replay on mobile phone

With the video assistant referee system (VAR) not operated in second-tier games, Mohamed Farouk had to use the phone of a crowd member during the match between Suez and Al Nasr

By Reuters

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Published: Sat 18 Mar 2023, 4:44 PM

A referee ruled out a late goal after using a mobile phone to review an incident during a second division match in Egypt on Friday.

With the video assistant referee system (VAR) not operated in second-tier games, referee Mohamed Farouk had to use the phone of a crowd member during the match between Suez and Al Nasr.


Al Nasr thought it had scored a late equaliser, but the host protested due to a hand ball, and after a long time spent reviewing the video on the phone, the referee decided to rule out the goal.

Fifteen minutes of stoppage time were added and Suez won the game 3-1.


The referee left the pitch under police protection, amid protests from Al Nasr players and officials, who threatened to take legal action against the referee for violating the regulations.

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