World Cup referee to boost A-League officiating

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One of the top referees in the world, Alireza Faghani, will become a full-time, contracted referee for the upcoming Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season.

Alireza recently made the decision to migrate to Australia from the Islamic Republic of Iran for family reasons and as a result Football Federation Australia have offered him a contract to officiate in the Hyundai A-League.

An extremely well respected international match official, Alireza most recently refereed two (2) matches at the AFC Asian Cup 2019 as well as four (4) matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup including the third place play-off match between Belgium and England, two (2) matches at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and also the gold medal match at the 2016 Olympic Games Men’s Football tournament between Germany and Brazil.

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He was named the AFC Referee of the Year twice in 2016 & 2018 and is probably best remembered by Australians as the referee for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 Final between the Caltex Socceroos and Korea Republic in Sydney.

Alireza will join Chris Beath, Shaun Evans and Alex King who are also full-time referees for the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season.

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Alireza is excited about the new challenge of refereeing in the Hyundai A-League.

“Once my family made the decision to move to Australia, it was fantastic that the opportunity to referee in the Hyundai A-League came about,” said Faghani.

“It was a very big decision to leave our home country, but I am extremely thankful that I am still able to referee professionally in one of the top domestic leagues in Asia and also continue my career as an international match official.

“I have refereed many times in Australia and with Australian clubs so I am very familiar with the players and venues.

“My family and I are very much looking forward to moving to Australia and starting the next chapter of our lives,” concluded Faghani.

Image credit: Антон Зайцев – soccer.ru

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