Iran’s Faghani selected to referee at 2018 World Cup

( Iranian international referee Alireza Faghani was selected to officiate at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He is among the six Asian referees, who have been chosen to officiate at the 2018 World Cup.

The 39-year-old referee officiated the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 semi-final clash between Portugal and Chile along with his Iranian assistant referees Reza Sokhandan and Mohammadreza Mansouri.

Faghani made history in 2016 by becoming the first Asian referee to officiate the final of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament between Brazil and Germany in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2015, Faghani officiated the FIFA Club World Cup final between Barcelona and River Plate in Tokyo. He was also assigned to the final match between Korea Republic and host nation Australia during the hugely successful 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Faghani has also officiated AFC President’s Cup final (2009), AFC Challenge Cup final (2010) and AFC Champions League final (2014).