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FIFA reveal 24 referees for FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia



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FIFA have announced the 24 international referees to be selected for the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup, featuring Manchester City.

Manchester City travel to Saudi Arabia for the FIFA Club World Cup this month, having qualified for the tournament as a result of winning the UEFA Champions League for the first time in June.

Pep Guardiola’s side will face either Urawa Reds or Club Leon on Tuesday 19th December at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, before featuring in either the competition’s Final or Third Place play-off on Friday 22nd December.

The FIFA Club World Cup sees the winners of the UEFA Champions League, Oceania Champions League, Asian Champions League, CONCACAF Champions League, African Champions League, Copa Libertadores, and Saudi Arabian National League all compete against one another.

Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Brentford has been postponed as a result of the Club World Cup, with the Sky Blues not returning to league action until after Christmas, with a clash at Goodison Park on Wednesday 27th December.

Preparations for the tournament have recently stepped up, with Manchester City recently announcing their squad for the Club World Cup, with Kevin De Bruyne included.

TNT Sports and Discovery+ were also recently announced the UK broadcaster of the competition.

FIFA have also now announced the 24 selected Match Officials for the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup, where VAR and semi-automated offside technology will be in operation.


Mohammed Al Hoish (KSA), Jean-Jacques Ndala (COD), Tori Penso (USA), Jesus Valenzuela (VEN), Szymon Marciniak (POL).

Assistant Referees

Khalaf Al Shammari (KSA), Yasir Al Sultan (KSA), Elvis Noupue (CAM), Arsenio Maringule (MOZ), Brooke Mayo (USA), Kathryn Nesbitt (USA), Jorge Urrego (VEN), Tulio Moreno (VEN), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL), Adam Kupsik (POL).

Video Assistant Referees

Khamis Al Marri (QAT), Adil Zourak (MAR), Tatiana Guzman (NCA), Juan Soto (VEN), Juan Lara (CHI), Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL), Alejandro Hernandez (ESP), Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Support Referee

Kirk-Campbell Kawana-Waugh (NZL)