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Enppi, Talae El-Gaish game saw introduction of VAR in Egypt

Mohamed Maarouf arbitrated the game from the field while Mohamed El-Sabahi was the VAR official. El-Sabahi was the first Egyptian referee to arbitrate a game using the VAR in a domestic match

Mahmoud Sheleib , Thursday 5 Mar 2020
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Thursday's game between Enppi and Talae El-Gaish in the 19th week of the Egyptian Premier League, which ended 0-0, was the first game to implement the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in Egypt.

The Egyptian Football Association announced earlier that the Ministry of Youth and Sports gave the green light to start using the VAR in the Egyptian Premier League on 1 March, after FIFA accredited the trained referees and 11 Egyptian stadiums.

"I'm very proud of what we have achieved with regards to applying the VAR in the Egyptian Premier League. It is a historical achievement," EFA chairman Amr El-Gnainy said in a press conference held on Thursday morning.

El-Gnainy also revealed that the contract with Mediapro company, which is implementing the technology, will last for three-and-a-half years.

Mohamed Maarouf arbitrated the game from the field while Mohamed El-Sabahi was the VAR official. El-Sabahi was the first Egyptian referee to arbitrate a game using the VAR in a domestic match.

Nevertheless, Maarouf did not need any assistance from the VAR during the game.

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