Ravshan Irmatov

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Sayfiddinovich and the family name is Irmatov.
Ravshan Irmatov
Full name Ravshan Sayfiddinovich Irmatov
Born (1977-08-09) August 9, 1977 (age 36)
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
Domestic
Years League Role
2000– Uzbek League Referee
International
Years League Role
2003– FIFA listed Referee

Ravshan Sayfiddinovich Irmatov (Uzbek: Ravshan Sayfiddinovich Ermatov, Равшан Сайфиддинович Эрматов, Russian: Равша́н Сайфидди́нович Ирма́тов; born August 9, 1977) is an Uzbek professional football referee. He has officiated in the Uzbek League since 2000, as well as in international level since 2003.

Biography and career[edit]

Irmatov's father was also a referee, working in Soviet competitions. He has been a full international referee for FIFA since 2003. He is considered one of the elite referees in the world.[1] He was selected as a referee for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, where he refereed the group stage match between Gambia and Mexico, as well as the match between Chile and Congo.

He was named The Best Referee in Asia in four consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011),[2] and he was selected to officiate the final match of both the 2008 and 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.

Irmatov was selected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was in charge of the opening match between South Africa and Mexico on June 11. His appointment is the highest accolade so far for Asian referees in that year's World Cup. Irmatov equalled the record for number of matches in charge in a single FIFA World Cup when he took charge of the Netherlands-Uruguay semi-final.[3][4] He took charge of the World Cup 2010 Group C Fixture, where England met Algeria in Cape Town – thus becoming the youngest official to take charge of an opening World Cup match since 1934 and the youngest referee of 2010 FIFA World Cup. Irmatov also officiated at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup and was selected to referee the final between Australia and Japan.

Irmatov was selected as a referee at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. In the Group A match between Brazil and Italy on 22 June, he blew his whistle to award Italy a penalty and was seen pointing at the penalty spot. A second later, as play continued, Giorgio Chiellini scored with a low shot, with Irmatov instead pointing to the half way line to signal a goal.[5] Irmatov admitted to his mistake after the game saying: “While I was whistling for a penalty, out of the corner of my eye I saw the goal and I thought advantage should be played and gave the goal.”[6][7]

Honours[edit]

  • AFC Referee of the Year
    • Winner (4): 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Matches[edit]

Personal quotes[edit]

“AFC is now giving a lot of attention to refereeing. It will bear fruits soon. We had nothing like Project Future before. It is just a matter of time before Asian referees do AFC and the continent very proud.”[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ravshan Irmatov to officiate opening match of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa". Uzdaily.com. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Ravshan Irmatov appointed for 2010 FIFA World Cup". UzDaily.com. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  3. ^ "FIFA 2010 World Cup Referee List". Fifa.com. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  4. ^ Cheese, Caroline (1990-02-11). "South Africa 1-1 Mexico". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Italy 2 Brazil 4". Daily Mail. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ref admits error in allowing Italy goal". ESPN. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Referee admits mistake in Italy vs. Brazil match". CBC.ca. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Irmatov heeds call of the mountains". the-afc.com. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 

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Preceded by
Mexico Marco Rodríguez
FIFA Club World Cup final match referees
2008
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov
Succeeded by
Mexico Benito Archundia
Preceded by
Japan Yuichi Nishimura
FIFA Club World Cup final match referees
2011
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov
Succeeded by
Turkey Cüneyt Çakır
Preceded by
Australia Mark Shield
AFC Asian Cup final match referees
2011
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov
Succeeded by
TBD