Federation Internationale de Football Association leaves countries using video review off WCup refs list

by Steven Clarke March 30, 2018, 1:17
Federation Internationale de Football Association leaves countries using video review off WCup refs list

On Monday, Iceland also announced it would temporarily suspend its "bilateral contacts with Russian Federation at the highest level", which included a diplomatic World Cup boycott in the wake of diplomatic expulsions over the Skripal case by the United States and European Union countries.

This is the first time after the Second World War that a World Cup would be staged without an English ref.

World football ruling body FIFA said in a statement that its Referees Commission has also picked 63 assistant referees, with the 99 match officials representing 46 countries.

Paris - June/July's Soccer World Cup will feature no English referees for the first time in post-war history, nor assistants, after Federation Internationale de Football Association confirmed its official list of 99 match officials for Russia 2018 on Thursday. Other AFC assistant referees are from the Bahrain, the UAE and Japan.

"Over the last three years, preparatory seminars have taken place for referees and assistant referees focusing on fair play, protecting players and the image of the game, as well as consistency and uniformity".

The U.S. also had two assistant referees selected, Frank Anderson and Corey Rockwell.

Today FIFA has been announced the referees for the tournament, and Rocchi will be one of the officials, along with assistants Elenito Di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini. The same referees were provisionally selected in November.

This summer's World Cup will feature no English referees for the first time in post-war history, nor assistants.

The other four countries whose leagues use VAR and who did have referees selected are Germany, Italy, Poland and the U.S.

Clattenburg who took charge of the Euro 2016 final when Portugal overcame hosts France, quit his job as a top-flight official in February 2017 to become Saudi Arabia's new head of referees.


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