FIFA Dismissed 24 World Cup Referees, Retains 12, Spain and England Referees Dismissed [Full List]


FIFA has dismissed 24 referees and retained 12 ahead of the remaining four matches in the World Cup.

FIFA Dismissed 24 World Cup Referees, Retains 12, Spain and England Referees Dismissed [Full List]

The world football’s governing body is currently trimming the number of referees retained, with few matches remaining to the end of the tournament.

A total of 36 referees across member countries were called up for the tournament. Now, only 12 have been retained ahead of the two semifinals, third-place, and final match.

Some referees have been dismissed by the body due to controversial decisions during matches and poor officiating, while others have been dismissed purely out of logistical issues as the tournament nears its end.

FIFA has also retained controversial referees that some pundits think should be sent home and not allowed to officiate further in the games.

Leading the list of referees sent home by FIFA for controversial officiating is Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz.

FIFA Dismissed 24 World Cup Referees, Retains 12, Spain and England Referees Dismissed [Full List]
Mateu Lahoz

Mateu Lahoz, a top La Liga referee, was sent home after a controversial officiating in the Netherlands Vs Argentina quarterfinals clash.

Mateu Lahoz issued a record 18 yellow cards in the match and took the game way beyond the extra time before the Netherlands netted an equaliser that took the game to extra time and then to penalty shootouts.

Lionel Messi was among the first players who pointed at the wrongs of Mateu Lahoz during the game, asking FIFA not to deploy a referee of that kind in subsequent matches.

Mateu Lahoz was immediately sent home by FIFA after his explicit and controversial decisions in the Netherlands Vs Argentina quarterfinal clash.

Another referee that has been sent home by FIFA is Michael Olivier. However, FIFA’s decision to send home Olivier is believed to be due to logistical issues.

FIFA Dismissed 24 World Cup Referees, Retains 12, Spain and England Referees Dismissed [Full List]
Premier League referee Michael Olivier

Michael Olivier is an English referee known for his top-notch and absolute mastery of his art. Olivier has been deemed the best referee in the Premier League and replicated the same in the World Cup. He oversaw three World Cup games – Costa Rica 1-0 Japan, Mexico 2-1 Saudi Arabia, and Croatia 1-1 Brazil – and was praised for his performances.

The three female referees who made the record for becoming the first female referees to be called for men’s tournament – Stephanie Frappart of France, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda, and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan – have been axed off the final 12-man list.

Michael Olivier was among the two English referees that FIFA selected for the tournament. Another renowned English referee that made the list was Anthony Taylor who officiated Ghana’s 3-2 win over South Korea and Croatia’s 0-0 draw with Belgium.

FIFA Dismissed 24 World Cup Referees, Retains 12, Spain and England Referees Dismissed [Full List]
Anthony Taylor

Taylor is among the 12 referees retained by FIFA ahead of the four remaining matches. He is tipped to take charge of the finals.

FIFA retains controversial Brazil Referee Wilton Sampaio. Sampaio officiated the England Vs France quarterfinal and made a number of shocking decisions.

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Wilton Sampaio

Among his controversial decisions was not awarding a penalty when Upamecano brought down Harry Kane in the box. However, poor tackles by the French defence led them to concede two penalties under the referee’s watch.

Now that Brazil has been eliminated from the tournament, Wilton Sampaio is tipped to take charge of the final but must contend with the likes of Anthony Taylor, who is tipped to be the best among the 12 retained referees.

Below is the full list of the axed and retained World Cup referees in Qatar.

Dismissed Referees

Barton Slovenia

Chris Beath Australia

Matthew Conger New Zealand

Mario Escobar Guatemala

Alireza Faghani Iran

Stephanie Frappart France

Bakary Gassama Gambia

Victor Gomes South Africa

Istvan Kovacs Romania

Ning Ma China

Szymon Marciniak Poland

Mateu Lahoz Spain

Andres Matias Matonte Cabrera Uruguay

Salima Mukansanga Rwanda

Maguette N’Diaye Senegal

Michael Oliver England

Kevin Ortega Peru

Fernando Rapallini Argentina

Daniel Siebert Germany

Janny Sikazwe Zambia

Fancundo Tello Argentina

Clement Turpin France

Slavko Vincic Slovenia

Yoshimi Yamashita Japan

Retained Referees

Anthony Taylor (England)

Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)

Muhammad Abdulla Hassan Muhammad (UAE)

Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)

Cesar Ramos (Mexico)

Ismail Elfath (USA)

Raphael Claus (Brazil)

Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)

Jesus Valenzuela (Venezuela)


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