|Full name||Alireza Faghani|
March 21, 1978 |
|2007–||Iran Pro League||Referee|
|2008–||FIFA listed ||Referee|
Alireza Faghani (Persian: عليرضا فغانى , born 21 March 1978 in Kashmar) is an Iranian football referee who has been officiating in Iran Pro League for seven seasons and has been on the international list since 2008.
Faghani became a FIFA referee in 2008, only a year after officiating in the top flight league in Iran. After becoming a FIFA referee Faghani has moved up the ladder really fast especially in Asia. After only one year of international experience Faghani took charge of the 2009 AFC President's Cup Final which was played between Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda and Dordoi-Dynamo Naryn which was won 2–0 by the hosts. A year later he was again in charge of a final but this time it was a much more important final in the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup where the winner qualified for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. He gave a red card to the North Korean defender in the 32nd minute but North Korea went on to defeat Turkiminstan in penalties. He was named as the fourth referee for the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Croatia. He also refereed the 2014 AFC Champions League Final first leg match between Al-Hilal and Western Sydney Wanderers. He is also one of the officials of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, refereeing his first match in Group B between Saudi Arabia and China that ended 0–1. Faghani awarded Saudi Arabia a penalty kick but Naif Hazazi missed it. Faghani was appointed to referee the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final, which was contested by South Korea and Australia. He appointed as the referee of the most important game of the whole season 2014-2015 in Iran Pro League between Tractorsazi and Naft Tehran where both teams had the chance to win the title. But he changed the end of the season with his wrong decisions. He showed 2 funny and causeless yellow cards to one of key players of Tractor whom was Ando and sent him off where he could manage the game. The thing is that he showed yellow cards to him just after Tractor scored 2nd and 3rd goal. His next mistake was continuing the game where there was a clear foul on Tractor's striker Farid Karimi when Tractor was ahead with the result 3-2. After 90 minutes the result was 3-3 and this way both teams missed the title and watched their rival Sepahan celebrating their 5th title.
Games and cards
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- "FIFA Referee list". FIFA. Archived from the original on 2 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- "2009 AFC President's Cup Final". AFC. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- "2010 AFC Challenge Cup Final". AFC. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
|AFC President's Cup Final referee
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh
|AFC Challenge Cup Final referee
|AFC Champions League Final referee
|AFC Asian Cup Final referee
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