FIFA leaves controversial referee off World Cup checklist
The referee who awarded the penalty that eradicated Northern Ireland from the World Cup playoffs has been dropped from FIFA‘s pool of match officers making ready for the event.
FIFA has revealed an inventory of 36 referees to attend a World Cup seminar from Nov 25 to 29 in Abu Dhabi that doesn’t embrace Ovidiu Hategan of Romania.
FIFA says its remaining choice is deliberate for January.
Ovidiu Hategan officiated the World Cup qualifier between Switzerland and Northern Ireland
Hategan was at a 61-man World Cup session in April, and is the one certainly one of eight referees who dealt with European playoff video games this month to be left off Saturday’s checklist.
His choice to award Switzerland a penalty towards Northern Ireland for a disputed handball in Belfast led to the one aim within the two-leg playoff.
FIFA additionally has not picked any British referees among the many 36.
The Romanian official gave a disputed handball name towards Corry Evans that led to a penalty
The penalty was the one aim scored over the 2 legs which noticed NI miss out on qualifying