The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 17 referees, 37 assistant referees and 10 Video Assistant Referees for the final phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Given the number of matches left and the teams that have qualified for the next round, the number of referees has been reduced.
However, Ravshan Irmatov’s name was not in the list of selected referees as he already officiated two matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
The 40-year-old says his assistant Abduhamiddillo Rasulov suffered a knee injury in training sessions ahead of the knockout stage.
Ravshan Irmatov already renewed his record after 11 - matches at the FIFA World Cup have been officiated by him, more than any other referee in the tournament’s history.