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Abdel-Fattah: Video assistant referee waiting FIFA approval

Essam Abdel-Fattah on Video assistant referee

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Head of refereeing committee  revealed that the use of video assistant referee system is currently pending FIFA approval to be applied in the Egyptian Premier League.

The Egyptian Football Association ‘EFA’ approved the use of ‘Video assistant for referees‘ technology as confirmed by Abdel-Fattah in March after a 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.

“We’re waiting for FIFA’s approval to be able to use video assistant for referees,” Abdel-Fattah told Extra News TV channel. “We already sent a letter asking for permission and we’ll send another one to move the case forward.”

Back in March, EFA brought former Swiss referee Massimo Busacca to lead a referees training camp instructing Egyptian referees on how to use the video assistance technology to help them in league matches.

The video assistant referee system was tested in the 2016 Club World Cup in Japan and caused a lot of controversy as some said that it affects the pace and flow of the game and that human error is part of football.

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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