César Ramos chosen to officiate Iran clash against Oman: Asian Cup

January 19, 2019

TEHRAN – Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Referees' Committee has selected César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos to officiate the match between Iran and Oman.

Team Melli will meet Oman in Round of 16 of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE on Sunday.

The Mexican professional football referee has been a full international for FIFA since 2014.

César Ramos refereed some matches in CONCACAF Champions League and in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Ramos refereed the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup Final between Real Madrid and Gremio.

He was the only Mexican center referee assigned to referee at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Mexican officiated Syria and Australia match in group stage at the Khalifa Stadium in Al Ain on Tuesday, where the Syrian heartbreaking 3-2 loss saw them eliminated from the Asian Cup.

Ramos was involved in several controversial decisions during the match, including opting not to give handball against Socceroos captain Mark Milligan and tight goal-line call with Chris Ikonomidis' second half strike.

The official was also criticized for awarding Syria a penalty in the last minutes of the match when Eagles captain Omar Al Somah tripped over his own teammate.

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