Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - England vs Panama - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - June 24, 2018 Referee Gehad Grisha gestures as England's John Stones and Panama's Roman Torres clash REUTERS/Murad Sezer
CAIRO – 19 July 2018: Egyptian referee, Gehad Grisha, revealed on Thursday that he rejected an offer to take charge of some games at the Chinese Super League. The referee’s dream is to appear at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“There were unofficial discussions but I rejected it. I want to keep officiating at CAF Champions League and all African competitions,” Grisha told press on Thursday.
Grisha, who received his international stripes in 2008, is one of the African continent’s experienced referees.
He refereed at the 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 African Cup of Nations tournaments, 2015 CAF Champions League final, 2016 Olympic Games and 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Grisha added: “My dream is to participate at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar."
Veteran English referee, Mark Clattenburg, had left his position as a Premier League referee and accepted an offer from Saudi Arabia in 2017. Clattenburg was excluded from the referees list at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Grisha was among the 36 referees who were chosen to officiate at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
He took charge of England's clash against Panama at the group stage that ended with a 6-1 victory for the European team.
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