FIFA rules out British referees for the World Cup

World Cup 2018 By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 29/03/2018

The Football governing body FIFA has ruled out British referee at the World Cup in Russia this summer and for the first time since 1938, according to BBC.

FIFA has chosen 36 officials for the World Cup in Russia but the governing body ignored officials from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Mark Clattenburg was only Britain on Fifa's long list of officials, collated in summer 2016, from which it would choose the final selection for Russia.

Mark Clattenburg was on FIFA’s long list of officials over time but he quit the Premier League and lost his place on FIFA’s list.

Clattenburg officiated the Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France but he left for Saudi Arabia to become the country’s head of referees.

Also, the British officials were left out among the 63 assistant referees selected as the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be chosen from the officials selected for the tournament.

Since 1950 there has been at least one English referee at each of the tournament.

England's Howard Webb was Britain's sole representative at the last two World Cups in 2010 and 2014 and he was in charge of the final between Spain and the Netherlands in South Africa.

The final decision is taken by the FA Referees' Committee and they nominated Martin Atkinson, Stuart Attwell, Robert Madley, Michael Oliver, Craig Pawson, Anthony Taylor and Paul Tierney for 2018.