The AFC Referees committee decided to re-instate as per 2011 the quota of FIFA Referees and Assistant Referees for Member Associations whose quota was reduced in 2012 and maintain the quota of Member Associations whose quota was increased in 2012 for the next two years.
Referee Bikash Mahat was the victim when the decision of reduction made in 2012 while assistant Referee Kiran Giri had voluntarily left the badge after the decision. Nepal currently have three FIFA referees and Five Assistant Referees.
The decision of this committee need to be ratified by the AFC Executive Committee.
Meanwhile, the AFC Referees Committee met on Sunday at AFC House and discussed the implications of the recent approval by IFAB (International Football Association Board) of the goal-line technology (GLT) and the use of additional assistant referees (AAR) on football in Asia.
After discussing the GLT and AAR in depth, and the feasibility of implementing the two systems, the committee, which met under the chairmanship of Thailand’s Dato’ Worawi Makudi, decided it would be best to consult FIFA for clearer guidelines on deploying GLT and AAR.
AFC was one of the first confederations to try out the AAR system during the AFC President’s Cup finals in the 2010 edition in Yangon, Myanmar.
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