Referee Mohammad Farooq has been banned for the crime of disallowing a goal by watching the replay on the spectator’s mobile phone in a match of the Egyptian second division football league.
Last Friday, Al-Nasr thought they had equalized with a last-minute goal against Suez. The Egyptian second tier league does not use any video assistant referee (VAR) technology. But Farooq watched the replay on mobile phone and ruled it out due to handball. Farooq decided to watch the replay when the home team protested the goal due to handball. Then Farooq canceled the goal.
Vitor Pereira, who replaced Mark Clattenburg as head of the Egyptian referees committee this month, decided to ban the entire refereeing staff from the match. Regarding this, the Egyptian FA said, “The referee of the match, Mohammad Farooq, used a mobile phone to watch the footage, the committee decided to investigate this incident.”
Suez scored the third goal of the match shortly after the disallowed goal to take a 3-1 lead. 15 minutes of stoppage time was played in the whole match. Farooq left the field after the match under police guard in the face of protests by Al-Nasr players and officials. Al-Nasr has threatened to take legal action against Farooq for breaking the law.