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Japanese referee to officiate at Vietnam vs UAE match
  • | VNA | November 11, 2019 02:51 PM
A team of referees from Japan will officiate at the upcoming match between Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their World Cup 2020 qualifier at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on November 14, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced.




Referee Jumpei Iida. (Photo AFC)

Jumpei Iida will be the match referee. Iida is a familiar referee to many Vietnamese football fans having previously taken charge of Vietnam’s 1-0 victory against Thailand in the King’s Cup in June this year.


In addition, the Japanese referee also took charge of Hanoi FC’s fixture against Thanh Hoa in the V.League 1 in 2017.

Having first qualified as a FIFA referee in 2011, Iida has gained plenty of experience at Asian tournaments, including the AFC Champions League, the Asian Cup, and several World Cup 2018 qualifiers in the Asian region.

The AFC also announced that, following the UAE tie, a team of referees from Oman has been appointed to officiate Vietnam’s clash with Thailand. The crunch match will take place at My Dinh Stadium on November 19 with Ahmed Al-Kaf serving as match referee.

Al-Kaf took charge of two games involving the Vietnamese team at the AFC U23 Championship 2018 finals, including the game against Syria in the group stages and Uzbekistan in the finals.

At the Asian Cup 2019 finals, Al-Kaf was the referee as Vietnam beat Yemen 2-0.

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