First Qatar referee to officiate at FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation

Erica Murray
March 30, 2018

The world governing body has published its list of 36 referees and 63 assistants to stand in the tournament, but none from Nigeria.

British football will be without a refereeing representative at the World Cup this summer for the first time in 80 years.

Al Marri featured as an assistant referee in the matches of the 2016 FIFA World Club Cup held in Osaka in December that year.

He was named Caf assistant referee in the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup and featured in a similar capacity in the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as well as at Chan (African Nations Championship) competitions, Under-17 World Cup, CAF Under-23 Championship and the Fifa Club World Cup.

In total, Africa will have six of the 36 centre referees and 10 of the 63 assistant referees at Russian Federation 2018. The selected FIFA World Cup match officials will attend another dedicated seminar for two weeks in the second half of April at the technical centre of the Italian Football Association in Coverciano, Italy.

Still, FIFA said a "candidate's VAR experience in domestic leagues" will be a factor in choosing specialist video assistants from its pool of World Cup officials.

The African referees are: Mehdi Abid Charef from Algeria, Malang Diedhiou of Senegal, Bakary Papa Gassama from The Gambia, Gehad Grisha from Egypt, Janny Sikazwe from Zambia, and Ethiopian Bamlak Tessema Weyesa. Other AFC assistant referees are from the Bahrain, the UAE and Japan. This seminar will also cover VAR.

Till the World Cup starts, the selected referees, assistant referees and VARs will be monitored and supported by FIFA Refereeing on an individual basis.

Egyptian officials Ali Kandil, Mostafa Kamel Mahmoud and Gamal El-Ghandour had also refereed at previous World Cups.

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