Vice-president of the Football Association of Uzbekistan and former referee Ravshan Ermatov will soon become a permanent member of the committee of Expert-Referees of the Russian Football Union (RFI). This was reported by the Russian "Sport-Express" publication.
According to the source, RFI is negotiating with several high-profile former referees. They may become members of the committee of Expert Referees of the Russian Football Union in the future.
For reference, 44-year-old Ermatov played 11 matches in the World Cup during his career, which is a record. Ravshan Ermatov was named the best referee in the world in 2015. He finished his refereeing career at the end of 2019.