So on this Father's Day, I found this post particularly fitting. I have experienced, and am learning, the role a father, or such a figure can play in a young referee's life. It is clear from below that Ravshan Irmatov understand this very well.
Referee Reveals Debt to Father
It is not just the footballers of South Africa and Mexico who will be pinching themselves when they step out inside Soccer City Stadium today. For Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov, his selection from a strong list of candidates to officiate at the Opening Match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ is the stuff of dreams also. ...
Full story here, courtesy of FIFA.com.