Delhi-based FIFA Panel referee Rizwan-ul Haq has been appointed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to officiate in the Maldives National League. He would probably become the first official from India to conduct matches in a foreign national league. The event, which kicked off on Sunday, will continue till August 31.
"I am delighted that AIFF has chosen me to officiate in a foreign league," Rizwan told TOI before leaving for Maldives on Sunday. After becoming a national referee in 1995-96, Rizwan made rapid progress as an official.
Rizwan was soon drafted into the FIFA Panel of referees from India in 2000 and got the prestigious FIFA batch. In 2005, he became the only Indian referee to be included in AFC Elite Panel and the only official from Delhi to have officiated in all the major World Cup, Olympic, AFC Cup qualifying matches.
Source: India Times Sports