SHOCKING!! Referee Suspended for Disallowing Goal With Phone
Referee Mohamed Farouk of Egypt has been punished for blocking a goal in a league game using a spectator’s cellphone.
Last Friday, Al-Nasr believed they had drawn even late against Suez in a second division game.
In Egypt’s second division, there is no video assistant referee (VAR), yet Farouk used his phone to view a replay after the home team argued there was a handball.
The goal was then dismissed by Farouk.
The whole refereeing staff has been placed on indefinite leave, according to a statement from the Egyptian Football Association. Vitor Pereira, who took over for Mark Clattenburg as head of the Egyptian Referees Committee earlier this month, made the decision.
“The committee decided to investigate the incident when Mohamed Farouk, the referee of the match, used a mobile phone to review footage of the match’s events,” the Egyptian FA added.
Suez scored their third goal shortly after the disallowed goal to seal a 3-1 win, with 15 minutes of stoppage time being played.