First woman referee officiates in men's league match in Egypt
Sarah Samir has become Egypt’s first woman to referee in an official men’s football game.
On Sunday, Wadi Degla FC faced Tala’ea El Gaish SC in an Egyptian Football League’s third division match and Sarah Samir took to the pitch as the first woman to officiate a men’s league game in Egypt.
Wadi Degla FC won the fixture 2-0, scoring a goal in each half.
There are a reported 42 female referees in Egypt and this is the first time a men’s match has been refereed by a woman.
The reaction on social media was a positive one and people have called upon the Egyptian Football Association to assign more women referees to more games.
Sarah Samir made a statement to the television program ‘Sports Hour’, in which she said ‘she faced no difficulties in refereeing the game, despite some ‘shock’ by players and attendees before the whistle blew and the game commenced’.
From Women Soccer United