Many World Cup fans have been stunned by a strange and seemingly new addition to the referees’ shirts for Qatar 2022 – including the man responsible for England’s 6-2 win over Iran in their game opening.
Brazilian Raphael Claus, who oversaw the Three Lions’ opener, infuriated many England fans with questionable refereeing, including the decision to award a late penalty to Iran. However, it was not his performance that left many football fans scratching their heads, but his equipment.
FIFA seem keen to give their match officials a little extra exposure in Qatar, with the call to include their names on the back of their shirts – just like the players. However, it took more eagle-eyed fans to spot the details, as the names are actually much smaller than they are on the players’ shirts.
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During England v Iran, many fans tweeted asking why the word ‘Claus’ was written on the back of the referee’s shirt, with some even claiming the ‘game is over’ because of the addition.
Claus happened to take center stage for much of the game. His decision to allow 24 minutes of stoppage time over both halves raised eyebrows, as did his failure to award Harry Maguire a penalty for a foul in the Iranian box.
Other referees hope to fly under the radar in their encounters. After all, good officiating performance usually goes unnoticed.