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Gehad Greisha among 36 referee in the World Cup

Gehad Greisha

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It has been confirmed that Egyptian match official was chosen among 36 referees set to partake in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The FIFA Referees Committee has made it official that 36 match official and 63 assistant referees from 46 countries around the world will participate in the footballing global event.

Greisha was one of the six referees who are set to represent CAF in the World Cup. In addition to the Egyptian referee, there are also Algeria’s Mehdi Abid Charef, Senegal’s Malang Diedhiou, Gambia’s Bakary Gassama, Zambia’s Janny Sikazwe and Ethiopia’s Bamlak Tessema Weyesa.

This version of the World Cup will witness the introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for the first time.

“Between now and the World Cup in June, the selected referees, assistant referees and VARs will be monitored and supported by FIFA Refereeing on an individual basis to ensure they are fully prepared,” FIFA said in official statement.

“Following the seminar in Coverciano, all of the match officials will take part in a final preparatory seminar at the FIFA World Cup match officials’ HQ in Moscow, which will start ten days before the tournament kicks off. This seminar will also cover VAR.”

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