FIFA referee Ravshan Irmatov was awarded the “El-Yurt Hurmati” order by the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov. Ravshan Irmatov and his assistant Abduhamidullo Rasulov were awarded the order at a ceremony held at Olympic Glory Museum in Tashkent on 25 July 2014. Irmatov and Rasulov officiated matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. During the ceremony, Ravshan Irmatov was awarded the “El-Yurt Hurmati” order (“Honour of people and Motherland”, following the decree of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. The “El-Yurt Hurmati” order is awarded to citizens of Uzbekistan for their contribution to strengthening of independence of the country, its economic power, growth of national spirit and culture with their work, scientific and public work, hardworking and patriotism. The President also handed over a Chevrolet Malibu car to Irmatov and Rasulov. At the same time, the Uzbekistan Football Federation gave him an award of honour of the Uzbekistan Football Federation for his contribution to development of football in the country. “I am learning more and more and I am gaining more experience. I am very happy that I have this opportunity”, said Irmatov. At his first World Cup, in 2010, he refereed the semi-final between Netherlands and Uruguay. In 2014, Irmatov established a new record with 9 World Cup matches, including the quarter final between Netherlands and Costa Rica.
Source: UZ Daily