Snubbed! No English refs, assistants at 2018 SWC

Posted March 30, 2018

During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the selected match officials will operate in a variety of roles, e.g. referees, assistant referees, fourth officials, reserve assistant referees and video match officials.

From now until the World Cup in June, the chosen referees, the assistant referees and the VARs will be supervised and supported by the FIFA Arbitration individually to ensure they be fully prepared.

A group of British campaigners didn't think twice before using Moscow's alleged involvement in the Skripal case as a pretext for scrapping the 2010 decision on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Only 10 referees are representing Confederation of African Football (Caf) affiliated countries.

The world governing body has published its list of 36 referees and 63 assistants to stand in the tournament, but none from Nigeria.

England's Howard Webb was Britain's sole representative at the last two World Cups in 2010 and 2014. Other AFC assistant referees are from the Bahrain, the UAE and Japan.

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This is the first time after the Second World War that a World Cup would be staged without an English ref.

"Preparations for the road to Russian Federation kicked off in September 2014 not only for the 32 participating teams, but also for the initial group of 53 FIFA referee trios from around the world", the statement said.

Mark Clattenburg had been included in the pre-selected group drawn up by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2016 and was involved in training for the tournament in Russia.

Europe will be represented by referees from Germany, Turkey, Russia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Serbia, Italy, Slovenia and France.

In another snub to England, globally considered the creators of the "beautiful game", no English assistants will officiate at the competition.

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