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WORLD CUP 2022

Who is the referee for Ghana vs Uruguay in the World Cup 2022 group H final game?

Who is taking charged of the crucial Group H game at the Al Janoub Stadium?

Joe Brennan
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German referee Daniel Siebert looks no during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between Tunisia and Australia at the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha on November 26, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)
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Ghana against Uruguay, then. One of those typical intercontinental matches that everybody loves against two teams who have lovely, shiny, colourful kits and have never met before. Smiles fill the ground as fans pose with the flag of the opponent and vice versa, learning each other’s songs, sharing an experience that only the World Cup cam give to people who would otherwise never meet.

Ghana against Uruguay is nothing like that.

As you are probably well aware, in 2010, these two sides met in South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals. Luis Suárez decided to stop the ball going in with his hand and Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting penalty, sending Uruguay through and stoping Ghana from becoming the first ever African team to make it to the final four. Today is the first time those sides have met again, and World Cup survival is again on the line.

"I don't apologise about that, I did the handball, but the Ghana player missed the penalty, not me," Suárez said in the pre-match press conference.
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"I don't apologise about that, I did the handball, but the Ghana player missed the penalty, not me," Suárez said in the pre-match press conference.PABLO PORCIUNCULAGetty

Luis Suárez lights the flames before the game

Suárez did the opposite of an apology in the pre-match press conference and instead dug his heels in, refusing to apologise for the incident that took place over 12 years ago. “I could apologise if I injured a player with a tackle and got a red card, but in this situation I take a red card and the referee says penalty.”

He continued: “It’s not my fault, I didn’t miss the penalty. The player who missed the penalty said he would do the same [as I did] in that situation. It’s not my responsibility in this situation.”

Who is the referee for Ghana vs Uruguay?

So who is the lucky person who gets to take care of the 22 players who will no doubt be fired up given the precarious situation they both find themselves in regarding the group. If Ghana win, they are through; Diego Alonso’s team will need to not only win but hope that Portugal beat South Korea and nothing else will do.

Daniel Siebert will be the referee for the game. The 38 year-old Berlin-born referee is one of the top officials in the Bundesliga and took charge of Australia’s 1-0 victory over Tunisia in Group D. He will be accompanied by linesmen Seidel Jan and Foltyn Rafael while Yamashita Yoshimi serves as the fourth official for the game. Dankert Bastian of Germany is the Video Assistant Referee and Carbone Ciro of Italy the Offside VAR official.

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