Referee England vs Iran: Who is Qatar World Cup official Raphael Claus?

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Brazilian referee Raphael Claus will make his World Cup debut when he takes charge of England’s opener against Iran today.

The 43-year-old is one of 36 referees in the Qatar tournament who will officiate the Group B clash as the Three Lions kick off their campaign.

Claus has already refereed Copa America matches in 2019 and 2021, so he has experience of major international tournaments.

He has been a professional referee since 2010 and has been named referee of the year in Brazil’s top flight, Serie A, three times.

Earlier this season, Claus sent off five players in a single game when he took charge of Fluminense’s 2-1 win over Flamengo – two for Flamengo and three for Fluminense.

England’s Anthony Taylor is the only Premier League referee to have been selected by Fifa to officiate at World Cup matches.

The tournament will also see female referees taking charge of matches for the first time.

France’s Stephanie Frappart, Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita and Rwanda’s Salima Mukasanga are all among the 36 officials selected and would make history if they officiated a match in Qatar.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at