1/10/2019 1:02:42 PM (GMT+3)

CONCACAF referees to officiate Asian Cup matches

CONCACAF referees to officiate Asian Cup matches

ABU DHABI, UAE: CONCACAF referees Cesar Arturo Ramos, Miguel Hernandez and Alberto Morin will officiate the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in the competition’s history.

For the CONCACAF Referee of the Year in 2017 and his assistants are the first to take charge of an Asian Cup match under the exchange programme created between the AFC and CONCACAF.

The officials will supervise the match between India and UAE at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Thursday night.

“The AFC is pleased to enhance our spirit of reciprocity with our sister Confederations and our MoU with CONCACAF represents a valuable and strategic partnership to strengthen the refereeing standards in both Continents,” said AFC Director of Referees Shamsul Maidin.

Referees from both Confederations have already taken control in club competitions when Uzbekistan’s Ravshan Irmatov, the youngest-ever FIFA World Cup referee, took charge of a CONCACAF Champions League semifinal second-leg in April last year.

“The AFC’s Vision and Mission has underlined our ambitions to ensure our match officials excel on the biggest stages.

This partnership plays an essential part in that process not only to increase the opportunities for our referees, but also to expose them in more diverse experiences, enabling a more holistic learning and development environment,” added Maidin. (Courtesy: the-afc.com)