June 4, 2013

Referee Designations for World Cup Qualifiers (AFC zone, June 2013)

FIFA has unveiled the referee designations for June's AFC World Cup qualifier matches closing the fourth round. 

Among others, experienced 45 year-old Abdul Malik Bashir of Singapore has been assigned to take control over two crucial matches, assisted by Yew Mun Tang and 2010 World Cup reserve assistant referee Jeffrey Goh Gek Pheng.
Bahrain's Nawaf Shukralla, who has also been invited to control matches at 2013 Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, is going to oversee the top clash between Japan and Australia at World Cup 2002 venue Saitama today.

Never at a World Cup, but one of Asia's best: Abdul Bashir (c) exclusinga

Group A
04 June 2013, 18:15 CET, Doha
Qatar – Iran
Referee: Abdul Malik Bashir (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Yew Mun Tang (SIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeffrey Gek Pheng (SIN)
Fourth Official: Mohd Bin Yaacob (MAS)

Group A
04 June 2013, 19:30 CET, Beirut
Lebanon – Korea Republic
Referee: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Anaz (AUS)
Fourth Official: Chris Beath (AUS)

Group B
04 June 2013, 12:34 CET, Saitama
Japan – Australia
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim Mubarak Saleh (BHR)
Fourth Official: Ali Abdulnabi (BHR)

Group B        
04 June 2013, 15:00 CET, Muscat
Oman – Iraq
Referee: Kim Dong Jin (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jeong Hae Sang (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Yang Byoung Eun (KOR)
Fourth Official: Kim Jonghyeok (KOR)

Group A
11 June 2013, 13:00 CET, Seoul
Korea Republic – Uzbekistan
Referee: Minoru Tojo (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Hideo Nishio (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Shinji Ochi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Yudai Yamamoto (JPN)

Group A
11 June 2013, 18:30 CET, Teheran
Iran – Lebanon
Referee: Masaaki Iemoto Toma (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Haruhiro Otsuka (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Akane Yagi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Jumpei Iida (JPN)

Group B
11 June 2013, 10:00 CET, Melbourne
Australia – Jordan
Referee: Abdul Malik Bashir (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Yew Mun Tang (SIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeffrey Gek Pheng (SIN)
Fourth Official: Muhammad Jahari (SIN)

Group B        
11 June 2013, 16:30 CET, Doha
Iraq – Japan
Referee: Valentin Kovalenko (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Ilyasov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Mamur Saidkasimov (UZB)
Fourth Official: Vladislav Tseytlin (UZB)

Group A
18 June 2013, 14:00 CET, Tashkent
Uzbekistan – Qatar
Referee: Peter Green (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Brad Hobson (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohd Sabri Mat Daud (MAS)
Fourth Official: Nagor Noor (MAS)

Group A
18 June 2013, 18:00 CET, Ulsan
Korea Republic – Iran
Referee: Tan Hai (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mu Yuxin (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Huo Weiming (CHN)
Fourth Official: Ma Ning (CHN)

Group B
18 June 2013, 10:30 CET, Sydney
Australia – Iraq
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Hassan Kamranifar (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Reza Sokhandan (IRN)
Fourth Official: Saeid Mozaffari Zadeh (IRN)

Group B        
11 June 2013, 18:00 CET, Amman
Jordan – Oman
Referee: Valentin Kovalenko (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Ilyasov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Mamur Saidkasimov (UZB)
Fourth Official: Vladislav Tseytlin (UZB)


  1. Small report for pre-selected Nawaf Shukralla's performance in Japan-Australia played today in beautiful circumstances and in front of a full enthusiastic crowd at Saitama stadium. The 1:1 means that Japan are qualified for WC 2014.

    Japan 1:1 Australia
    Referee Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
    AR1 Yaser Tulefat (BHR)
    AR2 Ebrahim Saleh (BHR)
    4th Ali Abdulnabi (BHR)

    0:1 Oar 82', 1:1 Honda 90+1' (penalty)


    1. Very good and understandable tactical approach, letting the play flow as much as possible but not failing to sanction clear infringements. Leniency with prudence. Also correct in this context to impede a stoppage in a dangerous goal attempt of Japan (15').

    2. Reasonable mixture of verbal warnings and bookings. He only issued cards when inevitable, even though one appeared a bit too harsh, but still acceptable. He tried to give the players as much room as possible.

    3. Player-friendly approach, smiling here and there, having a relaxed, empathic but still consistent appearance on the pitch. The players were able to understand this referee, he was predictable and received their respect.

    4. Crucial calls: correctly did not whistle a very tight contact between a Japanese defending player and an Australian forward. It would have been dogso in case of a whistle. Correctly resisted a penalty appeal by Japan in 58', fair tackle and unintentional handball in the context of it. Correct penalty call in stoppage time, handball and yellow card to McKay. The hand moved towards the ball, was away from the body. Deliberate handball, no hesitation shown by Shukralla due to a good positioning.

    5. He kept his mental alertness and concentration as high as necessary also in the late moments in the game. He was ready to take decisions which were unexpected.

    6. He once interfered with play and should try to wait that by moving "behind the players" in developing goal attempts close to the penalty area.

    7. Assistants on a good level, too. AR2 with more work than AR1, both solved their decisions in a good manner.

    8. Additional time in 2nd half was correct (3 minutes), but due to the penalty and celebration of the goal he should have added one further minute.

    All in all the match was challenging, specially due to the last minutes.

    Shukralla 8.7 (challenging)
    Tulefat 8.3 (normal)
    Saleh 8.4 (normal in first half, challenging in second half)
    Abdulnabi 8.0

    1. I agree with this excellent report, I also watched the whole match and it was challenging with several situations for the referee. Absolutely well detected the handball in the last minute of regular time.

  2. The most annoying thing is that Abdul Malik (the most experienced referee of AFC and one of the top referees) has not gone to a World Cup even though he has the most qualifiers of all confederations.

  3. And he always was a very reliable referee when I watched games with his involvement. It's really a shame that he was never considered. After Maidin, one could have thought of him for 2010 WC, but Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh was stronger. And more than 1 representant from this region was probably not possible.

    1. That's why I say that politics is not my favorite sport.

    2. Yes of course :D
      And even Salleh was ignored to be nominated as a full referee and not only as reserve referee, despite having the highest number of matches in the qualifiers and having shown good performances at the mini-tournaments (and having made possible one of the funniest comedy scenes in terms of refereeing, in CHI-POR ;)).

  4. What the hell happened in Lebanon? 9 minutes of added time, the 1-1 in the seventh minute of stoppage time, then a sending-off to Lebanon. Williams was the referee there.

    1. I watched via streaming. There were some injures and many wasting of time in the whole second half by Lebanon players, so Williams decided to give 7 minutes of added tme. When the time was 96' Korea Rep. gained an important free kick near the penalty area. A very good position, indeed they directly scored. After that, Williams allowed the restart of the game even though it was already 97' and Korea tried to score again, they gained another free kick from a dangerous position and in this case the Lebanon defender (which was already booked) got his second yellow card. Correct decisio, anyway I think that after the 1-1 the refeere might have whistled directly the end of the game, but in fact he gave further 2 minutes than the 7 signaled.

    2. Ok thank you very much for the clarification.
      I am going to watch the last minutes as well.


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