Egypt’s FA backs away from hiring English company to implement VAR

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The three-man interim committee managing the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has decided to step away from a new English company looking to implement Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in the Egyptian league this season.

The committee settled on maintaining its links, until the end of the season, with the Spanish company that currently implements the system, despite it not being satisfied by the company.

The committee decided to keep the Spanish company on board, provided that it be held accountable after the end of the season. The Spanish company has yet to receive any dues from the EFA, and after the season ends, a tender is expected to choose a new company to monitor the new season.

In the same context, the committee decided to apply VAR in the Egypt Cup Final match.

The committee that runs EFA refused to bear the cost of implementing VAR technology in the Egypt Cup, instead asking clubs to bear the costs themselves. This was outright rejected by the clubs, meaning that the technology did not feature in the Egypt Cup this season.

In a related development, a large number of referees have enquired with the EFA’s main referees committee about the position of the new kits that have arrived in the association’s storehouses but which have not yet been distributed.

Some referees appeared in the Egypt Cup matches this season wearing different kits from those provided by the company that currently sponsors national teams and referees.

A large number of referees also complained about the management of the recent Egypt Cup matches that were held without headphones for communication between the arena referee and his assistants, as well as the fourth referee.

The main referees committee promised to speak with and communicate the complaints with the EFA management committee, especially since the failure to provide the headphones caused significant problems.

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