Drama: Mobile Phone in Make-shift VAR Deployment

There was unprecedented drama in the Egyptian second Division League on Friday, March 17th that erupted when the match referee Mohamed Farouk disallowed an equalizing goal using a mobile phone video to review (VAR) the incident.

The match in question was between Suez SC and Al Nasr at Suez Stadium. During the course of the game, visitors (Al Nasr) thought they had scored a late equaliser to make it 2-2 but the hosts protested the goal indicating that there was an handball.

The referee was later forced to watch the video from a mobile phone belonging to one of the fans in the crowd, and made the decision to cancel the goal to the dismay of the visitors following a review that took quite long.

Suez, who benefitted from the decision would go ahead to score again and win the match 3-1 after fifteen minutes of stoppage time were added.

Thanks to this controversy, the referee left the pitch under police protection amid protests from Al Nasr who threatened to take legal actions against the officials for violating the regulations.

The victory put Montakhab Suez in 8th position on a 16 teams log with 32 points after 22 matches with nine wins, five draws and eight defeats and condemned Al Nasr to 15th in the relegation zone with 18 points after five wins, three draws and four loses in 22 matches.

They will both return to action on 21st March as Suez SC take on Al Alameen while Al Nasr host Wadi Degla.



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