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Massimo Busacca tutors Egyptian officials on video assistance technology

Massimo Busacca

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The Egyptian Football Association ‘EFA’ president Hany Abou-Rida announced the start of the Egyptian referees training camp led by former Swiss referee Massimo Busacca.

Recently, the EFA approved the use of ‘Video assistant for referees‘ technology as revealed by head of the refereeing committee Essam Abdel-Fattah. This comes after the recent controversy that occurred during the Zamalek and El-Maqassa match, which saw Gehad Greisha not awarding the Whites a penalty after Maqassa defender Ahmed Samy unashamedly punched a cross inside the penalty area.

Busacca refereed three games in the 2006 World Cup in Germany including the quarter-final match between Mexico and Argentina, in addition to one match in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before retiring in 2011.

“I’m in favor of using the video assistance referee instead of a fifth referee since the latter will cost us a lot more,” Abou-Rida explained.

The 48-year-old referee will be instructing Egyptian referees on how to use the video assistance technology to help them use it later in the Egyptian Premier League. Busacca will be giving technical lectures during the camp which will last till 30 March.

Zamalek president Mortada Mansour had publicly stated that Zamalek took the decision to forfeit the league after the controversial game, a decision they did not pull back so far.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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