FIFA to Investigate Pogba, Dembele 'Racist' Chants in Russia

Mar 30, 2018, 01:20
FIFA to Investigate Pogba, Dembele 'Racist' Chants in Russia

There has been a British official at every World Cup since the Second World War, with Howard Webb refereeing the 2010 final and also refereeing matches in Brazil in 2014.

"The officials will be divided into two groups, which will also include video assistant referee (VAR) candidates", a statement issued by world football's governing body read.

Other assistant referees from Africa are Etchiali Abdelhak (Algeria), Hmila Anouar (Tunisia), Camara Djibril (Senegal), Samba El Hadji Malick (Senegal), Achik Redouane (Mauritius), Dos Santos Jerson Emiliano (Angola) and Siwela Zakhele Thusi (South Africa).

"I am proud to be the first referee to represent Qatar in a World Cup", Al Marri tweeted today.

No Nigerian referee will be at Russian Federation 2018 World Cup, FIFA has confirmed.

There have been preparatory seminars that stressed on fair play, protecting players and the image of the handsome game.

Following this seminar, the FIFA Referees Committee will announce the names of the referees selected to act as VARs. "The selection process will take into account the candidate's VAR experience in domestic leagues, Federation Internationale de Football Association competitions and Federation Internationale de Football Association refereeing seminars since the beginning of the VAR project in 2016", the statement continued.

From now until the World Cup in June, the chosen referees, the assistant referees and the VARs will be supervised and supported by the FIFA Arbitration individually to ensure they be fully prepared.

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.

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

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