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Who is the referee for Portugal vs Uruguay in the World Cup 2022 Group H second game?

The 44-year-old officiated the clash between Argentina and France in the 2018 World Cup.

Iranian referee Alireza Faghani (R) gestures to Brazil's forward #10 Neymar during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group G football match between Brazil and Serbia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on November 24, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

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Portugal return to World Cup action on Monday as they take on Uruguay in Group H. The official appointed by FIFA to referee the second round match at the Lusail Stadium is Alireza Faghani, who worked at four matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 44-year-old officiated the clash between Argentina and France in the round of 16 in Kazan, a fixture that ended in a 4-3 win for Les Bleus, who would eventually go on to win the tournament.

Faghani took charge of Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia in Group G on Thursday. On Monday, he will be assisted on the sidelines by his compatriots Mohammadreza Mansouri and Mohammadreza Abolfazli, with Qatar’s Abdulrahman Al Jassim as the fourth official. The VAR will be managed by Qatar’s Abdulla Al-Marri, assisted by Australia’s Shaun Evans and Anton Shchetinin and Morocco’s Redouane Jiyed.

Who is Alireza Faghani, referee for Portugal vs Uruguay?

The Kashmar-born Alireza Faghani has been an international referee since 2008, although his first match at that level came a year later, on 16 April 2009, when he was in charge of the match between the Maldives and the Fiji Islands. Before becoming a referee, he played in the third level of the Iranian league and then decided to follow in his father Mohammed’s footsteps in refereeing.

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Over 300 games

His international appearances include the 2014 AFC Champions League final, the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final, the 2015 Club World Cup final which River Plate lost to Barcelona. He was also present at the 2016 Rio Olympics final, and the 2017 Confederations Cup semi-final between Chile and Portugal. At the end of that season, he was named the best Iranian referee for the second time after being recognised for his officiating in 2013/14. In total, he has refereed 340 matches, showing 1232 yellow cards and 26 red cards. He has also awarded 95 penalties.


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