The Egyptian Football Association has announced their new referee committee, appointing international referee Gamal El-Ghandour as head. The association also named Yasser Abdel-Raouf and Tamer Dorry as technical committee members, as well as Hossam Taha, Azzab Hagag and Mohamed Hassan as administrative executives. The former committee had come under pressure from Zamalek club chairman Mortada Mansour, leading executive head Wagih Ahmed to resign.
El-Ghandour (photo), 58, has refereed many important international competitions, including two FIFA World Cups - France in 1998 and Korea/Japan in 2002. He is the first African referee appointed for a match in the UEFA European Championship and has refereed five African Cup of Nations (1994 to 2002) alongside a FIFA Confederation Cup (2001), AFC Asian Cup and many other events.