Federation Internationale de Football Association confirms no British referees will take part at Russia World Cup

Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov's World Cup preparations have been flattened by back-to-back defeats

Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov's World Cup preparations have been flattened by back-to-back defeats

It has been confirmed that no English referee or assistant would officiate during this year's World Cup showpiece in Russian Federation. But his money-spinning move to Saudi Arabia left no English referees on FIFA's World Cup list for the first time since before the second world war.

"U.S. Soccer is proud to have four Match Officials selected for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation", U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Development Rick Eddy said. From the host side at the world Cup will work Sergey Karasev. He joins David Socha who worked the 1982 World Cup in Spain and 1986 in Mexico.

Germany and Poland join Italy and the U.S.as nations to have tried VAR domestically and had referees selected for the finals. "We are proud of their accomplishments".

"I am proud to be the first referee to represent Qatar in a World Cup", Al Marri tweeted today. In total, 36 Referees and 63 assistant referees have been selected by the FIFA Referee Committee.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has announced 99 referees and assistants for the tournament, with none from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

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Al Marri featured as an assistant referee in the matches of the 2016 FIFA World Club Cup held in Osaka in December that year.

In addition, London announced that no United Kingdom high-ranking officials or members of the royal family would attend the upcoming tournament over attack on Skripal.

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