Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa has been selected by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup which will be held in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. Bamlak Tessema Weyesa became a FIFA referee in 2009.

(BBC Sport)―FIFA has chosen six African officials for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it was revealed on Thursday.

In addition there will also be 10 assistant referees from Africa.

The referees and the assistants make up a total of 99 officials selected for the tournament (36 referees and 63 assistant referees). the referees were selected on the basis of nationality from all six football confederations.

The world governing body also announced that video assistant referees (VAR) will be chosen from the pool of officials.

VAR, which has caused controversy in Europe, will be used for the first time at a World Cup when the tournament starts on 14 June.

The African referees are: Mehdi Abid Charef from Algeria, Malang Diedhiou of Senegal, Bakary Papa Gassama from The Gambia, Gehad Grisha from Egypt, Janny Sikazwe from Zambia, and Ethiopian Bamlak Tessema Weyesa.

Europe will be represented by referees from Germany, Turkey, Russia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Serbia, Italy, Slovenia and France.

Asia will have six as will north and South America and two from Oceania.

On World Cup 2018, there will be no British referees – which makes this World Cup the first tournament in 80 years without English referee.

The selected referees will attend two weeks of preparatory seminars at the Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) central training ground and technical headquarters in Coverciano, which will also include training for video assistant referee (VAR) candidates.

You can find the full list of selected referees on FIFA website here.

Source: BBC Sport
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