Japanese referee to take charge of FA Cup fixture
A Japanese referee will become the first non-British official to
take charge of a match in the FA Cup, world football’s oldest
Masaaki Toma, who is in Britain on a referee exchange program,
will officiate Saturday’s first-round match between third-tier team
Brentford and non-league side Basingstoke.
David Elleray, chairman of the Football Association’s referees
committee, says Toma is a ”world-class referee and his appointment
shows that the FA Cup really does hold global appeal.”
Toma has already taken charge of a Premier League reserve-team
fixture and a non-league match during his time in England.