Egypt FA hire Vitor Pereira as Referees’ chief to replace Clattenburg

Karim Farouk , Sunday 5 Mar 2023

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has appointed former Portuguese referee Vitor Melo Pereira as the new head of the Referees Committee, replacing Mark Clattenburg who stepped down in January.

Vitor Pereira
Egypt FA hire Vitor Pereira as Referees chief. EFA


“The Egyptian Football Association has signed Vitor Pereira as President of Referees Committee and responsable of development until the end of season 2023/2024,” a statement read on the EFA Facebook page.

The 65-year old Pereira has overseen games in two World Cups (in 1998 and 2002) before quitting later that year.

He was appointed as head of the Greek refereeing in August 2017 and took on the refereeing department in Russia in September 2021. However, he resigned from his latest position in March 2022.

The EFA has taken a new approach this season by appointing foreign referees of high repute to oversee the Referees’ Committee with the aim of improving and developing Egyptian officials.

Clattenburg was appointed to the position in August 2022 but resigned just five months later due to differences with EFA officials.

Pereira is expected to begin his mission immediately as the domestic season is already past its halfway mark.

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