FIFA released, this Thursday, the list of 36 referees, 69 assistants and 24 VARs for the final phase of the 2022 World Cup, to be played in November and December in Qatar, highlighting the absence of Portuguese in FIFA’s choices. Such a situation has not happened since the 2006 World Cup in Germany. In 2010, in South Africa, Olegário Benquerença (as well as assistants José Cardinal and Bertino Miranda) was called up by FIFA and in 2014 Pedro Proença made the list, assisted by Bertino Miranda and Tiago Trigo. In 2018, in Russia, no field referee was summoned, but Artur Soares Dias and Tiago Martins were among the FIFA choices for VAR.
Artur Soares Dias, Tiago Martins, Fábio Veríssimo, João Pinheiro, Luís Godinho, António Nobre, Vítor Ferreira, Gustavo Correia and Miguel Nogueira are the main referees with international insignia, but after a 2011/2022 season marked by enormous controversy in football referees Portuguese, FIFA ended up turning a ‘blind eye’ to the eighth ranked referees.
That said, A BOLA launches the following poll for discussion: Who is to blame and why has no Portuguese referee been called to Qatar?
Vote for one of the options and, through the comments box, justify your opinion.