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    MEXICO'S referee for the 2022 World Cup is Cesar Arturo Ramos, who is making his second trip to the world's biggest tournament. And he will have a big game on his hands as he takes charge of Portugal vs Switzerland in the group stages. 1 Ramos is taking charge at his second World Cup, after officiating at the 2018 tournamentCredit: Getty - Contributor Who is Cesar Arturo Ramos? Born in Culiacan in 1983 Ramos began his career Ascenso MX - Mexico's second tier - where he spent five years from 2006 and eventually progressed up to the Liga MX. His performances in Mexico's top division saw him promoted to Fifa-listed status in 2014 and since Ramos has taken charge of a number of high-profile games. The Mexican was in the middle for the 2017 Club World Cup Final between Real Madrid and Gremio, whilst he was also named CONCACAF Referee of the Year. Has he officiated at the World Cup before? Ramos refereed at the World Cup in Russia in 2018, which was his debut. He refereed four qualifiers and has...
    ONE referee who has broken the mould at this year's World Cup is South America's finest. Fernando Rapallini is the first South American ever to preside over European Championship games after whistling at Euro 2020 last summer - and now he takes charge of Serbia vs Switzerland at the World Cup. 1Fernando Rapallini took charge of Morocco's game against Croatia at this World CupCredit: EPA Here's all you need to know about him. Who is Fernando Rapallini? Fernando Rapallini was born in 1978 in La Plata, Argentina. He has been on the Fifa Referees List since 2014 and refereed his first international match, between Chile and El Salvador in June 2015. Recognised as one of South America's best officials, Rapallini has refereed some of the biggest finals in his country and on the continent. These include the 2013 and 2018 Argentina Super Cups, the 2017 Argentina Cup final, the 2019 Argentina Super League Champions Trophy and the 2020 South American Recopa. Most read in World Cup 2022BIG UPDATE Idaho victim 'had significantly more brutal injuries' than 3 others killedCHECKS OUT...
    THE biggest tournament in world football is underway, and referee Ismail Elfath is set to be in the thick of it. Elfath is the only American referee boarding the plane to Qatar, and will be a part of a large group of officials managing the games - and he takes charge of Cameroon's game against Brazil. 2Cristiano Ronaldo complains to referee Ismail ElfathCredit: Reuters And he gave Cristiano Ronaldo a penalty during the second half of his first game, with the decision looking very soft after a foul by Mo Salisu. Here is all you need to know about him. Who is Ismail Elfath? Ismail Elfath was born in Morocco in 1982 before moving to the United States at the age of eighteen. Elfath started his career as a fourth official in 2011, and made his MLS refereeing debut the following year. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Gabriel Jesus 'OUT of World Cup with injury', Neymar boost, Suarez in TEARSREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? Four years on, the 40-year-old became a registered...
    THE World Cup is here and Ivan Barton has been announced as one of the referees who will make sure games run smoothly in Qatar. Barton took charge of Japan's 2-1 win over Germany and is now in charge for Brazil vs Switzerland in the group stages. 2Ivan Barton took charge of Germany's group game against Japan at the 2022 World CupCredit: Getty Barton is one of three officials representing Central America at this year's tournament. Here is some more information on him. Who is Ivan Barton? Ivan Barton was born in Santa Ana in 1991, making him the third-youngest referee at the World Cup, behind Kevin Ortega and Said Martinez. Barton currently referees in El Salvador's Primera Division and was appointed as a FIFA referee in 2018. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Germany OUT after Japan's goal line drama against Spain, Belgium's EXITREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? The 31-year-old has plenty of experience officiating international tournaments, taking charge of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil....
    THE biggest tournament in world football is about to get underway, and referee Ismail Elfath is set to be in the thick of it. Elfath is the only American referee boarding the plane to Qatar, and will be a part of a large group of officials managing the games - and he takes charge of Portugal vs Ghana in the first round of group games. 2Cristiano Ronaldo complains to referee Ismail ElfathCredit: Reuters And he gave Cristiano Ronaldo a penalty during the second half of his first game, with the decision looking very soft after a foul by Mo Salisu. Here is all you need to know about him. Who is Ismail Elfath? Ismail Elfath was born in Morocco in 1982 before moving to the United States at the age of eighteen. Elfath started his career as a fourth official in 2011, and made his MLS refereeing debut the following year. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST France's Tunisia defeat could be OVERTURNED, Morocco TOP Group F, Belgium OUTREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022?...
    FOR the first time ever. a female official has been selected for a men's World Cup - and she'll be in charge of Costa Rica vs Germany. France's Stephanie Frappart has been selected as a group of female match referees and will make history in Qatar - a country that suppresses women's rights. 6Stephanie Frappert is making history at World Cup 2022 6Frappert lining up before officiating Juventus vs Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League The Frenchwoman acted as a fourth official at Euro 2020, making history by doing so. Frappart also made history in December 2022 by becoming the first female to referee a men's Champions League game. She officiated the Group G clash between Juventus and Dynamo Kiev in Turin. The 37-year-old was also in the middle for the 2019 Super Cup between Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as the women's World Cup final in the same year. Read more in footballQATAR LATEST France's Tunisia defeat could be OVERTURNED, Morocco TOP Group F, Belgium OUTREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? In...
    FOR the first time ever a female official has been selected for a men's World Cup. France's Stephanie Frappart has been selected as a group of female match referees and will make history in Qatar - a country that suppresses women's rights. 6Stephanie Frappert is making history at World Cup 2022 6Frappert lining up before officiating Juventus vs Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League The Frenchwoman acted as a fourth official at Euro 2020, making history by doing so. Frappart also made history in December 2022 by becoming the first female to referee a men's Champions League game. She officiated the Group G clash between Juventus and Dynamo Kiev in Turin. The 37-year-old was also in the middle for the 2019 Super Cup between Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as the women's World Cup final in the same year. Read more in footballQATAR LATEST Portugal and Brazil into last-16, protestor INVADES pitch, England face WalesREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? In October 2020 Frappart refereed her first Europa League game - overseeing Leicester's game...
    OFFICIAL Danny Makkelie is back on the world stage and is seen as one of the best referees on the planet. He takes charge of Argentina's massive group stage against Poland at the World Cup, days after he was in charge of Spain's 1-1 draw with Germany. 1 Danny Makkelie was in charge during England's Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark when he awarded a controversial penaltyCredit: PA The Dutchman, a former policeman, was in charge for England's Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark. He was also the ref for Finland's defeat to Russia in the group stages.Has he officiated at major tournaments before? A former police inspector, Makkelie will accept no messing about in the Wembley match-up. He was first listed as a FIFA referee in 2011 and at 38 years old, still has plenty of seasons under his belt. Before this tournament, Makkelie was the referee for the 2020 Europa League final between Sevilla and Inter Milan, but this is his first major international tournament in the middle. What else has he done so far? Makkelie made his...
    QATAR take on Senegal as the hosts look to salvage any chance of qualifying from Group A in the World Cup. And hugely-experienced referee Mateu Lahoz is the man in the middle for Qatar vs Senegal. 2 Mateu Lahoz brushing away Man City players' complaints in the Champions League finalCredit: Reuters Who is Antonio Mateu Lahoz? One of the games most eccentric and entertaining refs, Lahoz often rocks up to stadiums wearing rock-star sunglasses and a beaming grin. Active since 1999, the Spaniard became Fifa-listed in 2011 and took charge of the World Cup 2014 qualifying games. He's a regular fixture in La Liga and has been accused in the past of favouring Real Madrid by some fans. 2 Lahoz has been a referee since 1999Credit: Getty - Contributor Lahoz is also famous for handing out yellow cards for the slightest of confrontations while ignoring potentially dangerous challenges. A bizarre showing in Italy’s World Cup qualifier defeat to Sweden saw him blasted on the internet, with one viewer ranting: “The referee in the game is far too bothered about being...
    IN a footballing first, Yoshimi Yamashata makes up a trio of the first ever women to officiate at a men's World Cup tournament. She is on the touchline for the Belgium vs Morocco game in the group stages, where she is fourth official. 4Yamashita will be one of three women refereeing at the Qatar World CupCredit: AFP She is joined by Stephanie Frappart of France and Salima Muksansanga of Rwanda, who are all set to make history in Qatar. According to FIFA, the women will be joined by by Neuza Back, Karen Dias, Kathryn Nesbitt who make up the 69 assistant referees. Here is all you need to know about the Japanese trail-blazer. Who is Yoshimi Yamashata Yoshimi Yamashita was born in Tokyo in 1986. She refereed at the 2019 Women's World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Portugal and Brazil into last-16, protestor INVADES pitch, England face WalesREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? Yamashita also became the first woman to referee men's matches in the J-League...
    TEACHER Matthew Conger is heading to the World Cup. The American-born Kiwi has been selected along with 38 other referees from around the globe to officiate this year's tournament in Qatar, four years after he appeared in Russia. 2 Conger is heading to this summer's World CupCredit: Getty Images - Getty Here's all you need to know about the OFC whistler.Who is Matthew Conger? Born in Texas in 1978, Conger began refereeing in his native America as a teenager. He made the move to New Zealand in his early-20s and continued to pursue a career in teaching, whilst also making his debut in the Kiwi NZFC league in 2007. Since then he has progressed through the ranks and earned Fifa-listed status in 2013. Conger went to the Rio Olympics in 2016 and two under-20 World Cups, but the senior tournament has always been his dream. 2 The American-born Kiwi is a schoolteacher back homeCredit: Getty Images - Getty He told Football HQ: "I started refereeing when I was 15, so it's pushing 20 odd years. "I've been in New Zealand for 14...
    PORTUGAL's late penalty - awarded after a VAR intervention - against Uruguay was a shocking decision. Iranian referee Alireza Faghani pointed to the spot for a handball against Jose Maria Gimenez after he was nutmegged by Bruno Fernandes. 3Ex-Premier League referee Mark Halsey writes exclusively to Sun SportCredit: Getty 3The ref pointed to the spot for a handball against Jose Maria GimenezCredit: Getty This was a really poor call by the officials. Uruguay defender Gimenez went to block the ball. But he was falling over and his arm was behind him to break his fall. He did not make his body bigger, it was not a deliberate act and the proximity was also a factor. This was not a clear and obvious error so I have no idea why VAR official Abdulla Al-Marri of Qatar even got involved. Ref Faghani should have been stronger and stuck with his original decision. Even his body language after viewing the monitor suggested he did not want to give the penalty.  Fernandes' spot-kick could be crucial in determining who qualifies from Group H after...
    THERE will be a familiar face in the middle for Uruguay's opening World Cup game against South Korea. Clement Turpin is a hugely experienced referee and was in charge for the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid last season. 2 Turpin is only 39 but has over 10 years' experienceCredit: Getty - Contributor Who is Clement Turpin? Turpin is one of the most experienced whistlers heading to this summer's tournament. The Frenchman began in the National league in 2006, taking just two years to reach Ligue 1 and the highest rung in the domestic ladder. In 2010 he was given Fifa listed status, meaning he could branch out into Europe. Since then he has reffed in 2014 and 2018 World Cup qualifiers and was in the middle during Euro 2016 in his home country. 2 Turpin was in the middle for last month's Europa League finalCredit: PA You may recognise Turpin from the Europa League final in Gdansk last year, where he was ably assisted by Jérôme Brisard and Benjamin Pages. Those two assistants have worked with the...
    FIFA has selected 38 referees from around the globe for Qatar 2022 - and Gambia's Bakary Gassama is one of the lucky men chosen. The official is one of the chosen few to officiate matches at the World Cup, having experienced officiating on the world stage in 2018 and 2014. 1 Gassama is making his second World Cup appearanceCredit: Getty - Contributor Here's all you need to know about the experienced Gassama.Who is Bakary Gassama? Since starting in 2003, Gassama has risen from the Gambian league to taking charge of games at the highest level. After becoming Fifa-listed in 2007, his first major tournament was the 2012 London Olympics, where he was fourth official in the gold medal match between Brazil and Mexico. A veteran of three African Cup of Nations, the Gambian took charge of the 2015 final. With VAR in use in Russia, Gassama has prior knowledge of the system after its trial in the Confederations Cup last year. He is also the first non-Asian referee to ever officiate in the Qatari league. Has he officiated at the...
    IRANIAN referee Alireza Faghani is one of the most respected referees in the world. He was in charge of England's World Cup third-place playoff against Belgium in 2018 and now he is in the middle for Brazil vs Serbia in the group stages for 2022's edition. 1 Iranian referee Alireza Faghani has not shirked the big decisionsCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Alireza Faghani? The son of a referee, Faghani spent seven seasons in the Persian Gulf Pro League before making the jump to internationals. Originally a player in the lower Iranian leagues, he became a ref and joined the Fifa-elite list just one year after making his top-flight debut. With VAR being used for the first time in 2018, you may remember Faghani from the Confederations Cup where he failed to give Chile a penalty and refused to view the TV monitor. In his career the Iranian has been in charge for the finals of the 2014 AFC Champions League, 2015 AFC Asian Cup, 2015 Club World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Faghani is also registered in the Indonesian League and takes charge of...
    IN a footballing first, Yoshimi Yamashata makes up a trio of the first ever women to officiate at a men's World Cup tournament. She is joined by Stephanie Frappart of France and Salima Muksansanga of Rwanda, who are all set to make history in Qatar. 4Yamashita will be one of three women refereeing at the Qatar World CupCredit: AFP According to FIFA, the women will be joined by by Neuza Back, Karen Dias, Kathryn Nesbitt who make up the 69 assistant referees. Here is all you need to know about the Japanese trail-blazer. Who is Yoshimi Yamashata Yoshimi Yamashita was born in Tokyo in 1986. She refereed at the 2019 Women's World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Maddison RETURNS to full England training, Messi magic keeps side in World CupREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? Yamashita also became the first woman to referee men's matches in the J-League and AFC Champions League. She told Japanese press that she feels "great pride and responsibility" after being asked...
    ANTHONY TAYLOR is back at the World Cup this winter. A familiar face to fans of the Premier League, Taylor takes charge of the group game between South Korea and Ghana in Qatar. 2 Taylor will be in the middle for Group F clash between Portugal and GermanyCredit: Ryan Browne-The Times Here is everything you need to know about the referee.Who is Anthony Taylor? Anthony Taylor is from Wythenshawe, Manchester. He first started refereeing in the Northern Premier League in 2002. Taylor refereed his first Premier League game eight years later in February 2010, taking charge of Fulham's 1-0 win over Portsmourh. Has he refereed a major tournament before? Taylor refereed at Euro 2020 and was in charge in the group game between Denmark and Finland where Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch. He was praised for his calm demeanour during the match - and for acting within seconds to get medicals onto the field. Taylor refereed the Nations League final in October 2021 between Spain and France. What was Anthony Taylor's previous career? A former prison officer, Taylor doesn't take...
    THE United Arab Emirates haven't made it to the World Cup finals - but their top official has. Mohammed Mohamed will be one of the 36 referees in Qatar after being selected by Fifa chiefs - and he takes charge of Spain vs Costa Rica. 2 Mohammed Mohamed will be reffing this summer in RussiaCredit: Getty - Contributor Here's all you need to know about the man in the middle.Who is Mohammed Mohamed? Active since 2010, Mohammed Mohamed has been a regular in AFC competitions. He took charge of his first AFC Cup game in 2011 and immediately made his presence felt, dishing out eight yellow cards and a red. The UAE ref has calmed down since and has a reputation for being one of the most lenient on their way to Russia this summer, averaging just over three cards per game. Fans of England's Young Lions will recognise him from 2017's successful under-20 World Cup campaign, where he took charge of the quarter-final win over Mexico. 2 The official is one of the most lenient at the finalsCredit: Getty...
    OFFICIAL Danny Makkelie is back on the world stage and is seen as one of the best referees on the planet. The Dutchman, a former policeman, was in charge for England's Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark. 1 Makkelie has been selected as a VAR assistant for the World CupCredit: AFP - Getty He was also the ref for Finland's defeat to Russia in the group stages.Has he officiated at major tournaments before? A former police inspector, Makkelie will accept no messing about in the Wembley match-up. He was first listed as a FIFA referee in 2011 and at 38 years old, still has plenty of seasons under his belt. Before this tournament, Makkelie was the referee for the 2020 Europa League final between Sevilla and Inter Milan, but this is his first major international tournament in the middle. What else has he done so far? Makkelie made his Eredivise debut in 2009 and has gone on to make over 180 appearances across nine seasons. He took charge of five Champions League fixtures in 2019, including the quarter-final first...
    THE Qatar World Cup is fast approaching and we have been taking a little look at the refs chosen to officiate at this year's tournament. Andres Matonte is one of nine South American referees taking part in Qatar. 1Andres Cunha was the last Uruguayan to referee a World Cup match, back in 2018Credit: AFP Here is all you need to know about him. Who is Andres Matonte? Andres Matonte was born in 1988. He made his debut at the age of just 20, refereeing in the Uruguayan Championship. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Maddison RETURNS to full England training, Wales on brink of World Cup EXITREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? Since 2019, he has been an official FIFA referee and has taken charge of some important matches. His involvement in the 2021 Arab Cup and the South American World Cup qualifiers have earned him a spot at this year's tournament. More recently, the 34-year-old took charge of Liverpool, no not that one, and Luis Suarez, yes that one, scored two against them....
    REFEREE Szymon Marciniak will also be looking to represent his country in an exemplary fashion at the World Cup. The Pole is one of the most experienced and respected in world football. 3Credit: Bongarts - Getty Marciniak has taken charge of Man City, Liverpool and Spurs games in the Champions League Who is Szymon Marciniak? Born in Plock, Marciniak had an odd path into refereeing. Starting out as a player, he was so incensed at being sent off in one match that he told the referee in a foul-mouthed tirade that he was the worst he'd ever seen. And the official replied: "If you think you can do better - you try it!" So he did. Marciniak rose through the amateur ranks to make his Ekstraklasa debut in 2009. He become a Fifa-listed referee in 2011, which made him eligible for selection at Europa League, Champions League and internationals. After taking charge of the Under-21 Euro 2015 final, he made his major championship bow the following summer in France. There Marciniak reffed Spain vs Czech Republic, Iceland vs Austria in the group...
    ENGLAND take on USA in the World Cup group stage, looking to put one foot in the last 16 - and the match will be officiated by an inexperienced referee. Jesus Valenzuela is the only representative from his country heading to Qatar - and he is in the middle for Three Lions versus USMNT. 2Jesus Valenzuela has taken charge of some important gamesCredit: Getty Images - Getty Here is everything you need to know about him. Who is Jesus Valenzuela? Jesus Valenzuela was born in 1983 and made his professional debut in the Venezuelan First Division in 2011. Ten years on, he was named the South American Football Confederation's best referee. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST England to name UNCHANGED XI as Southgate 'ghosting' Berhalter on WhatsAppREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? The 38-year-old took charge of the Copa America semi-final which saw Lionel Messi score the winning penalty in a dramatic shootout against Colombia. Valenzuela has also officiated at the Tokyo Olympic Games and more recently the South American World Cup qualifiers...
    MIKE DEAN has hit out at the "indefensible" awarding of Portugal's penalty against Ghana and suggested a VAR glitch may be responsible. Cristiano Ronaldo went down under a challenge from Mohammed Salisu as Portugal fought to find their way through a stubborn Ghana team. 2Mike Dean was not happy with the VAR during Portugal's World Cup clash with Ghana yesterdayCredit: Reuters 2This moment split opinion among fans with some believing defender Salisu won the ball fairlyCredit: Reuters He was judged to have been fouled by the Southampton defender and referee Ismail Elfath awarded a penalty. The 37-year-old converted the spot kick to make World Cup history. But controversy followed the awarding of the pen and many believed Salisu had won the ball cleanly. Former Premier League referee Dean was among those who were astonished at the "scary" decision. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Neymar to MISS group stages after ankle injury, hosts Qatar on the brink He told BEIN Sports: "The defender clearly plays the ball. Ronaldo then touches the back of the...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO was left furious after he had an early goal disallowed during Portugal's World Cup opener against Ghana. The Portuguese superstar, 37, appeared in his FIFTH World Cup on Thursday evening - joining Lothar Matthaus, Rafael Marquez, Lionel Messi and Andres Guardado as the only outfield players to achieve the feat. 2Cristiano Ronaldo scored after the whistle had already been blown for a foulCredit: PA Ronaldo has the ball in the net but its pulled back for a nudge in the build up...Should this goal have stood? ???? #ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/3sKzvbj142— ITV Football (@itvfootball) November 24, 2022 2Ronaldo was left furious with the decision from the American refereeCredit: Rex And he thought he had bagged his eighth World Cup goal just after the half hour mark when he rolled Alexander Djiku inside the penalty area and curled a wicked strike into the far corner. However, American referee Ismail Elfath had already pulled the game back after deeming Ronaldo to have fouled Djiku. And replays showed that the former Manchester United striker did give the defender a nudge in...
    QATAR is upon us and Mustapha Ghorbal has been announced as one of the officials who will feature at the tournament. Ghorbal is one of four African referees called up to Qatar. 2Algeria failed to qualify for the World CupCredit: Getty Here is all you need to know about him. Who is Mustapha Ghorbal? Mustapha Ghorbal was born in Oran in 1985. He has been a full international referee since 2014. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Kane TRAINS after ankle scan while Maddison set to MISS out on USA clashREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? The 37-year-old made his debut in the Algerian first division in 2011 and has gone on to referee some huge tournaments. He was selected twice to officiate the FIFA Club World Cup, the Under-20 World Cup and the Arab Cup. Ghorbal has also refereed at the Africa Cup of Nations in back-to-back tournaments. In 2020 he was given the whistle for the CAF Champions League final in Egypt. 2Ghorbal took charge of the World Cup qualifier between Egypt...
    ENGLAND and Scotland will be in the capable hands of referee Mateu Lahoz for their Battle of Britain clash at Wembley. The experienced official took charge of the Champions League final in May so will be well drilled ahead of the Euros. 2 Mateu Lahoz brushing away Man City players' complaints in the Champions League finalCredit: Reuters Who is Antonio Mateu Lahoz? One of the games most eccentric and entertaining refs, Lahoz often rocks up to stadiums wearing rock-star sunglasses and a beaming grin. Active since 1999, the Spaniard became Fifa-listed in 2011 and took charge of the World Cup 2014 qualifying games. He's a regular fixture in La Liga and has been accused in the past of favouring Real Madrid by some fans. 2 Lahoz has been a referee since 1999Credit: Getty - Contributor Lahoz is also famous for handing out yellow cards for the slightest of confrontations while ignoring potentially dangerous challenges. A bizarre showing in Italy’s World Cup qualifier defeat to Sweden saw him blasted on the internet, with one viewer ranting: “The referee in the game...
    THE World Cup is fast approaching and FIFA have announced that Mario Escobar will join the list of officials in Qatar. The Guatemalan is one of eleven South American referees selected to officiate the tournament. 2Mario Escobar took charge of the Concacaf Gold Cup finalCredit: AP:Associated Press Here is all you need to know about him. Who is Mario Escobar? Mario Escobar was born in 1986. He currently referees in the Guatemalan first division and has been a FIFA-registered referee since 2013. The 36-year-old was summoned to officiate at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Under-17 World Cup which took place in the same year. He also has significant experience of tournament finals, taking charge of the Gold Cup final which saw Mexico beat the United States 1-0. 2Mario Escobar was selected to referee at the Under-17 World Cup in BrazilCredit: Getty The following year he was handed the whistle for the CONCACAF Champions League final between UANL and Gareth Bales's new team, Los Angeles FC. Most read in World Cup 2022DARK DEEDS Chilling note found by Walmart 'mass...
    THE DAYS of a 90-minute football match as we know it seem long gone. Added on time has been a major trend at this World Cup with England's opener with Iran lasting an incredible 117 minutes and 16 seconds. 3Former Premier League ref Mark Halsey writes exclusively for Sun SportCredit: Action Images - Reuters 3He has a revolutionary new way to stop time-wasting rather than playing loads of additional timeCredit: Reuters There are several traditional reasons for it. Injuries, VAR, subs, penalties and yellow/red cards. But Fifa made a clear directive before the start of the tournament that they wanted to clamp down on time-wasting - and they have stuck to their word. Hence the extra time played. Players winding down the clock has been a big source of frustration within the game. And if we see more play on the field then it can only be a good thing because the product will improve and the fans will have a better experience. READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSQATAR LATEST Kane TRAINS after ankle scan while Maddison set to MISS out...
    THERE will be no messing around when the world's best referees take to the field in Qatar. Amongst them is Argentina's Facundo Tello, who makes up a group of six South American officials travelling to the Middle East. 2Facundo Tello is one of 39 referees officiating at QatarCredit: AFP Here is some more information on the Argentine's career. Who is Facundo Tello? Facundo Tello was born in the Buenos Aires Province in 1982. Tello was quick to gain prominence in his homeland, officiating in the Primera Division after just four games in Argentina's second tier. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Kane undergoes ankle SCAN while Southgate fears England are 'targets'REFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? He was asked to officiate the first-ever Superclassic in 2018, returning the same year to referee the final, defining Sarmiento's promotion to the Primera Division. In 2019, the 40-year-old gained recognition on the international stage, joining FIFA's refereeing list. 2Facundo Tello officiated at the FIFA Arab Cup 2021Credit: AFP Most read in World Cup 2022DARK DEEDS Chilling note...
    IRANIAN referee Alireza Faghani is one of the most respected referees in the world. He will be back in action after taking command of England's third-place playoff loss to Belgium in 2018. 1 Iranian referee Alireza Faghani has not shirked the big decisionsCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Alireza Faghani? The son of a referee, Faghani spent seven seasons in the Persian Gulf Pro League before making the jump to internationals. Originally a player in the lower Iranian leagues, he became a ref and joined the Fifa-elite list just one year after making his top-flight debut. With VAR being used for the first time in 2018, you may remember Faghani from the Confederations Cup where he failed to give Chile a penalty and refused to view the TV monitor. In his career the Iranian has been in charge for the finals of the 2014 AFC Champions League, 2015 AFC Asian Cup, 2015 Club World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Faghani is also registered in the Indonesian League and takes charge of domestic games in the top flight. Expect to see plenty of cards in the...
    THE biggest tournament in world football is about to get underway, and referee Ismail Elfath is set to be in the thick of it. Elfath is the only American referee boarding the plane to Qatar, and will be a part of a large group of officials managing the games. 2Ismail Elfath has been selected to referee at this year's World CupCredit: Reuters Here is all you need to know about him. Who is Ismail Elfath? Ismail Elfath was born in Morocco in 1982 before moving to the United States at the age of eighteen. Elfath started his career as a fourth official in 2011, and made his MLS refereeing debut the following year. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Kane to have SCAN on ankle, Germany and Belgium build up, Argentina STUNNED REFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? Four years on, the 40-year-old became a registered FIFA official. Later that year, Elfath refereed the first ever match involving VAR, a system now used in the Premier League. In 2019, the Amercian got his international...
    WHILE England fans await to see Gareth Southgate's final World Cup team, FIFA have announced their final selection of referees heading to Qatar. Amongst them is Argentina's Facundo Tello, who makes up a group of six South American officials travelling to the Middle East. 2Facundo Tello is one of 39 referees officiating at QatarCredit: AFP Here is some more information on the Argentine's career. Who is Facundo Tello? Facundo Tello was born in the Buenos Aires Province in 1982. Tello was quick to gain prominence in his homeland, officiating in the Primera Division after just four games in Argentina's second tier. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Cristiano Ronaldo to BREAK silence, Kane's ankle scan, Spain build upREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? He was asked to officiate the first-ever Superclassic in 2018, returning the same year to referee the final, defining Sarmiento's promotion to the Primera Division. In 2019, the 40-year-old gained recognition on the international stage, joining FIFA's refereeing list. 2Facundo Tello officiated at the FIFA Arab Cup 2021Credit: AFP Most read...
    THE World Cup is here and Ivan Barton has been announced as one of the referees who will make sure games run smoothly in Qatar. Barton is one of three officials representing Central America at this year's tournament. 2Ivan Barton officiated the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament which Mexico wonCredit: AP:Associated Press Here is some more information on him. Who is Ivan Barton? Ivan Barton was born in Santa Ana in 1991, making him the third-youngest referee at the World Cup, behind Kevin Ortega and Said Martinez. Barton currently referees in Salvador's Primera Division and was appointed as a FIFA referee in 2018. The 31-year-old has plenty of experience officiating international tournaments, taking charge of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil. Here, he came across the likes of Manchester city star Phil Foden, who will be in Gareth Southgate's plans for Qatar. 2Ivan Barton officiated at the Brazil Under-17 World Cup in 2017Credit: AP:Associated Press Most read in World Cup 2022UNSOUND Wheel of Fortune fans spot glaring error in ‘incorrect’ puzzleSEEKING RELEASE Delphi 'killer's'...
    THE World Cup has started and we now know all of the referees who will be involved at Qatar and amongst them is Victor Gomes. The South African is his country's only representative this winter, after the 2010 hosts failed to qualify. 2Victor Gomes makes up 39 referees who will officiate at the Qatar World CupCredit: AFP Here is the low-down on Qatar's 'hero referee'. Who is Victor Gomes? Victor Miguel Freitas Gomes was born in Johannesburg in 1982. Gomes has been a referee in South Africa's Premier Soccer League since 2008, winning the Referee of the Season award twice in his career. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Argentina STUNNED by Saudis, Saka inspires England thrashingREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? The 39-year-old was appointed an official FIFA referee in 2011 and has since taken charge of some huge international matches. Few were more important than the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final which saw Senegal beat Egypt in a dramatic penalty shootout. 2Victor Gomes refereed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finalCredit:...
    THE Qatar World Cup is here and Raphael Claus has been confirmed as the referee for England vs Iran in the opening round of group games. The South American will join 38 other officials in the middle east as the best teams in the world battle it out for World Cup glory. 2Raphael Claus has been appointed as a referee at this year's World CupCredit: Reuters Here is all the information you need on the man in the middle. Who is Raphael Claus? Raphael Claus was born in 1979 in Santa Barbara. He is one of two Brazilian referees officiating at the tournament, with Wilton Sampaio also making the trip. Read More on World CupREFERENCE POINT Who are the confirmed referees for the World Cup 2022? Clauss currently represents the Brazilian Serie A league, refereeing over 40 games in the last 12 months. However, he also has experience of blowing his whistle in international tournaments. In June 2019, Clauss was selected to referee the Under-20 World Cup, taking charge of the semi-final between Ukraine and Italy. The 43-year-old has since...
    REFEREES can sometimes become the centre of attention at World Cups, but some of the most reputable officials are in attendance in Qatar. While fans love to hate the men in the middle, there is no doubt surrounding the importance of the referee. 1Qatar began the tournament with defeat to EcuadorCredit: Getty The game can be decided in any moment, with pressure at an all time high for the men in black. With much interest surrounding referees at Qatar, we have all the information on how much they are likely to earn from the tournament. Read More World CupCLAUS CALL Who is referee Raphael Claus? Brazilian referee at the 2022 World CupKALVIN DECLINED World Cup refs use England goal to highlight what CAN'T be allowed at Qatar How much are referees paid at the FIFA World Cup? According to AS, referees from the football confederations will receive 'substantial compensation' for their work at the World Cup. Starting at the 2018 World Cup, Fifa have paid each referee a basic pay of $70,000, the equivalent of around £59,000, and revealed...
    A weekend of exhibition bouts ended in somewhat of a farce, as Floyd Mayweather danced and laughed his way through the majority of his clash with Deji before claiming a stoppage victory in the sixth round. On Saturday night boxing fans were treated to a taste of nostalgia as Ricky Hatton entered the ring one last time, with both the Briton and his legendary opponent, Marco Antonio Barrera, having their hands raised as the eight-round exhibition went the distance. Mayweather’s latest match-up was less poetic, as the 50-0 all-time great shared the ring with 1-3 YouTuber Deji – real name Oladeji Olatunji – with the contest waved off at the first sign of his opponent’s distress at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. Floyd Mayweather stopped YouTuber Deji in the sixth-round of their exhibition bout in Dubai The pair embraced following the stoppage, which was deemed by most as much too early RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Love Island star Jack Fincham takes a beating in exhibition... Ricky Hatton goes the distance on his return...
    Rapper Meek Mill tripped NBA referee Brent Barnaky during the Philadelphia 76ers game against the Phoenix Suns Monday night — in an incident which echoed a famous Curb Your Enthusiasm moment involving Larry David and Shaq. Mill sat courtside in between the scorer’s table and the 76ers bench, and as play returned toward that end of the court, Barnaky did not see the rapper’s foot and got tangled up with Mill — causing him to hit the deck. Sixers head coach Doc Rivers got up from the bench to help Barnaky back to his feet. “He tripped on Meek Mill; that was Meek Mill over there!” NBA TV’s Grant Hill said. Mill compared the incident to lyrics in Jay-Z’s song “Empire State of Mind.” “Hov once said I be spiked out I can trip a referee lol I apologized to him that’s brazyyy tho,” Mill tweeted out after the game. Hov once said I be spiked out I can trip a referee lol I apologized to him that’s brazyyy tho ???????????????? https://t.co/9FoZ75N61s — MeekMill (@MeekMill) November 8, 2022 ...
    THE World Cup is just days away in Qatar and FIFA have announced Said Martinez will be joining 38 other officials for the tournament. Honduras born Martinez is his country's only representative at this winter's competition. 2Said Martinez will be a referee at this winter's World Cup in QatarCredit: Reuters Here are a few more facts about him. Who is Said Martinez? Said Martinez was born in Tocoa in 1991, making him the second youngest referee at Qatar, behind Kevin Ortega. At the age of just ten, Martinez dreamt of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a referee. Read More on World CupFOOTBALL LATEST Kepa OUT of World Cup LATEST, injured Chilwell blow, Haaland return updates Eight years later he would become the youngest ever referee to officiate in the Liga Nacional in Honduras. Martinez then swapped whistles for books, choosing to move to Hondurus' capital city where he studied Mathematics. 2Said Martinez shows a red card in a World Cup qualifying match between Costa Rica and CanadaCredit: Reuters He returned to refereeing in 2017 when he was...
    A massive brawl took place during a recent women’s soccer match between LSU and Ole Miss. The incident happened in the game’s second overtime when Ole Miss’ Ramsey Davis got tied up with LSU’s Maya Gordon after they both went for the ball. The referee blew his whistle to call Davis a foul, and chaos ensued. Gordon and Davis began to punch each other, and the referee was the first on the scene to try and break up the fight. Players and coaches ran over to break up the melee between the two players. As the two players were separated, LSU’s Rammie Noel sprinted at Davis and pulled her down to the ground. Ole Miss coaches broke up the second fight, as Noel walked away from the scrum. The referee gave Gordon, Davis, and Noel the red card, which meant all three players were ejected from the match. “There’s no place for that,” ESPN’s play-by-play announcer said. “No place for that in the game.” Gordon seemed visibly upset from the brawl as she cried on the sidelines while she got...
    Longtime NBA referee Tony Brown died Thursday at the age of 55 after battling cancer, the league announced. Brown was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer at the beginning of 2021, but he came back to assist in the league's replay center last season, according to multiple media reports. Brown officiated 1,110 regular-season games and 35 playoff games in 20 seasons as an NBA staff official. He first worked the NBA Finals during the 2019-20 season, when LeBron James and the Lakers took down the Miami Heat 4-2. James replied to the news on Twitter, writing, 'R.I.P. Tony man!! Great ref but greater dude! Loved when I ran on the court for warmups and he would be on the game that night! Your smile & laugh will be missed tremendously here in our sport!' Tony's wife, Tina, also released the following statement: 'We are and have been sustained by the consistent outpouring of love and support through this journey in developing strength, acceptance and peace,' she said. Tony Brown officiated 1,110 regular-season games and 35 playoff games in 20 seasons...
    JIMMY WHITE was given a warning by the referee for bad behaviour at the Northern Ireland Open. The snooker star, 60, stuck his index finger up towards the ref and questioned why he was laughing as the ref guffawed at his own mistake. "Whats funny about that!?" ????Ronnie OSullivan and Alan McManus give their thoughts on the heated incident between Jimmy White and the referee #NIOpen | @ronnieo147 | @AlanMac1990 pic.twitter.com/32PjNmmgFe— Eurosport (@eurosport) October 18, 2022 2Ref Williams laughed as he corrected his callCredit: https://twitter.com/eurosport 2White then questioned what was funny and then bizarrely put his index finger up at himCredit: https://twitter.com/eurosport The incident occurred during White's 4-0 loss against Luca Brecel in the second round on Tuesday. Ben Williams made the incorrect call, nominating the blue ball instead of the brown ball, and then laughed about his error. However, White didn't see the funny said and asked three times: "what's funny about that?" He gestured toward the Williams with his finger, who then laid down his authority. READ MORE IN SNOOKERCUE-BAWL Never-seen-before moment O'Sullivan sobs after winning seventh world...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players in the goalless draw with Newcastle on Sunday. The Red Devils were found to be in breach of FA Rule E20.1 after Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates protested the decision to disallow the striker's goal. 1Cristiano Ronaldo was booked for his protestsCredit: Getty Ronaldo thought he had scored a perfectly valid goal after Newcastle appeared to take a free-kick deep inside their own half. THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY… The Sun is your go to destination for the best football, boxing and MMA news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSunFootball and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunFootball. Most read in SportBALLON D'OR All the reaction as Karim Benzema wins the Ballon d'Or ahead of Sadio ManeCENTER STAGE Meet Kourtney Kellar, the stunning NBA Wag who was chatted by by Jake PaulBOUKNIGHT BANGED UP Hornets star James Bouknight arrested for 'driving while impaired''TELL GISELE' Steelers fan taunts Brady with savage Gisele banner as GOAT has meltdown...
    ERIK TEN HAG was left fuming with referee Craig Pawson following Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Newcastle. Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal ruled out after nicking the ball from Nick Pope after believing a free-kick had already been taken, only for it to be ruled out. 3Erik ten Hag was not happy at full timeCredit: Rex 3Manchester United players swarmed Craig Pawson after Cristiano Ronaldo stuck the ball in the netCredit: Rex 3Instead, Ronaldo was booked for his troublesCredit: Rex But Ten Hag backed his striker's intuition and was critical of the decision to rule out the goal given his belief that Fabian Schar had kicked the ball to Pope to start the game back up. On the disallowed goal controversy, the Dutchman said: "I don't have a comment, everyone has seen it. "I shared that with them (the officials). Everyone has seen what happened today on the pitch." However, rival manager Eddie Howe believed the referee to have made the right call. READ MORE ON MAN UTDUNITED NEWS Two-goal target Toney impresses again, Felix wants Atletico transfer...