The Fifa refereeing commission has unveiled the list of referees who will officiate the matches of the next World Cup in Qatar. A list that contains 105 officials who will lead the debates, among others the Algerian Mustapha Ghorbal and the controversial Bakary Gassama and Janny Sikazwe. The female sex will also be present for the first time in the history of the world since six female referees have been chosen by the said commission for the next major planetary meeting.
In total, 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video assistant referees were selected in collaboration with the six confederations, on the basis of their quality and their performance observed during FIFA competitions, but also other national and international tournaments played in recent years.
“As usual, the main criterion that guided our selection was quality. Our selection quite simply corresponds to the best in arbitration in the world. If the 2018 World Cup was a great success, it is partly thanks to the quality of the refereeing, which we want even better during the competition in Qatar”, indicated Pierluigi Collina, President of the Referees Committee.
Algeria will be represented by Ghorbal, Etchiali and Gourari…Gassama and Sikazwe selected
Algeria will be represented by its arbitration at the next World Cup in Qatar. Unsurprisingly, Mustapha Ghorbal was selected as the main referee. He will be present with Abdelhak Etchiali and Mokrane Gourari. A trio who officiated several matches on the African continent and will make sure to honor Africa and Algeria in particular during the next World Cup.
Still concerning the African referees selected by the Fifa arbitration commission, we find the controversial Bakary Gassama (Gambia) and Janny Sikazwe (Zambia). While their arbitration has been talked about during previous African meetings, where the first injured Algeria against Cameroon and Al-Ahli Tripoli against Orlando Pirates, while the second made a mistake during the last CAN, by giving the final whistle of the Mali-Tunisia match five minutes from the end of regulation time, they still had the confidence of the international body.
The female sex present, a first in the history of the world
Six women will appear for the first time among the 105 referees of the next Men’s Football World Cup in Qatar, for the first time in the history of the World Cup.
Three of them, namely the French Stéphanie Frappart, the Rwandan Salima Mukansanga and the Japanese Yoshimi Yamashita, were appointed among the 36 field referees, while the Brazilian Neuza Back, the Mexican Karen Diaz Medina and the American Kathryn Nesbitt will officiate alongside 66 other assistant referees.
“Their appointment is the result of a long process that began several years ago, which began with the appointment of female referees for certain FIFA senior and youth men’s competitions”, underlines in a press release Pierluigi Collina, the president. of the Commission of Referees of the world body.
The six selected “have been chaining high-level performances for several years”, insisted the Italian, hoping that “in the future, the presence of female referees during high-level male competitions (will be) considered as the rule rather than the exception.