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The world governing body also announced that video assistant referees (VAR) will be chosen from the pool of officials.

From the list, only Ssonko has been left out with the rest getting a ticket to referee in Russian Federation include Kenya's Range Marwa, Burundi's Jean Claude Birumushahu and Sudan's Ahmed Wareed.

The 35-year-old Siwela forms part of a partnership with central referee Janny Sikazwe of Zambia and first assistant Jerson dos Santos from Angola.

Australia, Belgium, Portugal and South Korea will not have referees at the World Cup despite their leagues using VAR, which also has been introduced during England's FA Cup this season.

Asia will have six as will north and South America and two from Oceania.

The World Cup did not take place for 12 years after 1938 because of World War Two, and since it resumed in 1950 there has been at least one English referee at each tournament. "It is a disappointment, because we pride ourselves on the worldwide games that our referees have had over the years", Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) boss Mike Riley told Sky Sports.

Gerisha thanked all the officials who helped him reach that point in his career, including Essam Seyam and Gamal El Ghandour, former Egyptian presidents of the Referees Committee, along with Ahmed El-Shenawy, Nasser Abbas, Azab Hagag, Ahmed Badawy and Hossam Taha, members of the committee.

An attempt to replace Clattenburg with another English referee by FA, was rejected by the Federation Internationale de Football Association officials.

"Between now and the World Cup in June, the selected referees, assistant referees and VARs will be monitored and supported by FIFA Refereeing on an individual basis to ensure they are fully prepared".

"A final seminar for all officials will then start in Moscow 10 days before the first match".

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