Kazan: Saudi Arabia’s Fahad Al Mirdasi has been selected to officiate the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 third place play-off between Portugal and Mexico at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Sunday, July 2nd.
The 2015 AFC Referees Special Award recipient will be flanked by assistant referees Abdulah Alshalwai and Mohammed Al Abakry. Earlier in the competition, the Saudi Arabian trio had also been appointed to oversee the Group A fixture between host Russia and Mexico in Kazan.
Al Mirdasi was the fourth official of the AFC Asian Cup 2015 final between eventual champions Australia and Korea Republic, and took charge of the group stage matches between Oman and Kuwait as well as Jordan and Iraq. Al Mirdasi and Alshalwai also officiated in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup final where Serbia defeated Brazil 2-1 after extra time.
This is the second time this week that Asian referees have impressed on the world stage after the Islamic Republic of Iran trio – Alireza Faghani, Reza Sokhandan and Mohammadreza Mansouri – were chosen to officiate the semi-final clash between Portugal and Chile on Wednesday.
Uzbekistan’s Ravshan Irmatov and Alshalwai were also appointed as Video Assistant Referees in the closely contested encounter which saw Chile book their place in the coveted final.
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