Tasnim – ST. PETERSBURG, Russian referee Sergei Karasev has been appointed to officiate the group stage match between Ian and Morocco, FIFA said.
Iran will face Morocco at the 67,000-seater St. Petersburg Stadium on Friday.
In March, FIFA announced that a team of Russian referees led by Karasev will work at matches of the 2018 World Cup. Anton Averyanov and Tikhon Kalugin will be his assistants.
In 2016, Karasev officiated games at two major tournament – UEFA Euro 2016 in France and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
He was named Russia’s referee of the year in the 2015-16 season.