FIFA official praises Qatar’s world-class infrastructure
07 Feb 2018 - 0:41
By Armstrong Vas / The Peninsula
Doha: FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina hailed the outstanding facilities provided by Qatar to host the FIFA World Cup 2018 Referees Workshop, which is currently held in Doha with the participation of 48 referees from different continents.
During his welcome speech, the Italian thanked Mansoor Al Ansari, General Secretary of Qatar Football Association (QFA) and said: “I would like to thank Qatar and QFA for their support and providing the best facilities in the world to this 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Seminar. It’s a pleasure to welcome the best referees of the world here in Doha. We are grateful for the support received so far from the QFA.”
“We are using very good facilities and pitches that are 10 minutes away and are easily accessible,” said Collina, who will supervise the five-day workshop.
“I would also like to extend a special thanks to Al Kass Sports Channel for providing us with their state of the art studios, staff and their latest technology and equipment to us for this seminar,” the Italian, who officiated the FIFA 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany said.
Following the workshop, the confirmed list of selected referees is set to be announced by FIFA.
“The target of this seminar is not something new for old referees here, but this is a very important week because after the seminar we will make the final decision regarding which referees will be selected for the World Cup 2018 next summer,” he said.
The workshop which kicked off Monday in Doha continue until Friday. The Russia Referees Seminar is the second of the four workshops hosted by QFA this February. Last week the first workshop held was the FIFA Technical Experts’ Workshop and next week the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will be held from February 12 to 16, followed by the FIFA Master FUTURO Workshop which will be held from February 19-23.
The 57-year-old Italian will be supervised by Executive Director of the FIFA Referee Department Massimo Busacca.
Hani Balan, Chairman of the Qatar Referees Committee and Vice-Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, and Naji Juwaini, Executive Director of the Referees Committee, will also be part of the seminars.
“It brings me great pleasure to welcome you all to the opening ceremony of the seminar for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Referees, which witnesses the referees gathered from all over the world who will be officiating the matches of the most prominent event in the world, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. I would like to thank FIFA and those involved in organising this seminar here in Doha, which I am convinced will be extremely valuable for you,” Balan said.
“We are pleased to host you here during the next few days to conduct your medical and fitness tests, as well as theoretical and practical analysis in preparation for the World Cup,” he added.
“Throughout the week, 48 referees and VAR assistants from all confederations will benefit from both theoretical and practical sessions, while having the opportunity to discuss new trends and programs in the refereeing world. The seminar will also provide training on Video Assistant Referees (VAR), taking into consideration FIFA’s intention to apply the technology at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia,” Ballan added.
Hosting the Seminar for 2018 FIFA World Cup Referees demonstrates FIFA and QFA’s commitment to play an important role in the region and the world in contributing directly and positively to the development of football and its’ referees.