FIFA has appointed Uzbek Farhad Abdullah, chairman of the Saudi Football Association’s Refereeing Committee, as chief referee manager for the 2022 World Cup, which is scheduled between November 20 and December 18, a source familiar with the matter Asharq said Al-Awsat with.
Farhad Abdullah attended the first meeting of the Saudi Pro League in Jeddah, where he presented the top events of the first four rounds of the league, the mistakes made and how to fix them, and stressed the importance of taking the right decision in the field at all costs.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Farhad hailed the remarkable progress the Saudi referees have made and praised their ability to officiate in competitive games, which they have acquired in important games played during the AFC Cup and AFC Champions League directed.
Speaking on the absence of Saudi referees during the World Cups since former international referee Khalil Jalal participated in 2006 and 2010, Farhad said: “There are many steps that should be taken and we should start with the local league. We need to check local performance before participating in international matches. A referee should referee important and competitive games in his country and gain the trust of the continental federation before refereeing World Cup games.”
Farhad made no promises about a Saudi referee’s participation in the 2026 World Cup, noting that “we are working to ensure the comeback of Saudi referees and we have been working on their return to the local league”.
The head of the Saudi Arabian Football Association’s refereeing committee denied what was said about the Saudi referees’ confusion at important matches and that it was the reason for the mistakes they make during the matches, assuring that the Saudi referees are qualified , referee important and competitive games .
“We have seen Saudi referees officiate regional matches in AFC competitions, AFC Champions League semi-finals and AFC Cup semi-finals. Our referees are making great progress, which is reflected in their selection by the AFC for many games,” he said.