The man set to referee the final of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011 between Barcelona and Santos is Ravshan Irmatov. The official from Uzbekistan, who has been a FIFA referee since 2003, boasts vast experience in FIFA competitions and has officiated at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, among many others.
Irmatov also took charge of the final of the 2008 edition of this tournament between Manchester United and Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito, while the 34-year-old was recently voted the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Referee of the Year for the fourth year in a row.
“I am very happy and it is a great honour to be appointed for the final match of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011,” said Irmatov. “It is every referee's dream to officiate the final of any FIFA competition and I look forward to performing to the best of my ability. I also thank FIFA for their trust and confidence in appointing me to officiate such an important match.”
Assisting the respected official for the title decider at the International Stadium Yokohama will be his compatriot Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (AFC Assistant Referee of the Year 2011), Bakhadyr Kochkarov from Kyrgyzstan, as well as Japanese officials Yuichi Nishimura (Japanese Football Association/J.League Referee of the Year 2011) and Toru Sagara (Japanese Football Association/J.League Assistant Referee of the Year 2011).