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Alireza Faghani to officiate ACL final 2nd leg

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PLDC – Alireza Faghani has been chosen to officiate the second leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League between Urawa Reds of Japan and Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia.

Urawa Reds will host Al Hilal at the Saitama Stadium 2002 on November 24.

The first leg will be held at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on November 9.

Faghani has recently made the decision to migrate to Australia from Iran for family reasons and as a result, FIFA offered him a contract to officiate in the Hyundai A-League

Faghani, who started his career in 1994 and became a FIFA referee in 2008, has officiated finals of the 2014 AFC Champions League, 2015 AFC Asian Cup, 2015 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Football Tournament.

The 2016 AFC Referee of the Year built on the experience and officiated in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final and was also tasked with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Asian play-off match between Syria and Australia.

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Faghani officiated German and Mexico, Serbia and Brazil and France and Argentina matches.

He was also chosen to referee third-place playoff between Belgium and England.

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