With Halloween just around the corner and the Qatar 2022 World Cup kicking off on Sunday 20 November, the brand new Most Feared World Cup Referee Index has been compiled by the research team at Gambling.com, which could make for a fun story idea as interest in both respective events is likely to only increase over the coming weeks.
Which referees should the teams competing in Qatar 2022 hope to avoid this winter? Who’ll be the biggest disciplinarian? And which referees are the worst whistle blowers when it comes to cards and penalty kicks?!
On the other hand, the research also reveals which referees will let players get away with ‘murder’ as the most lenient referees at Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup are also revealed.
The data research team at Gambling.com crunched the numbers across a variety of disciplinary data points and an Overall Referee Fear Score was generated for each World Cup Referee. The World Cup Refs were then ranked from most-to-least feared on the Most Feared World Cup Referee
Jamie Casey, Spokesperson from Gambling.com said: “Italian official Daniele Orsato has been identified as the
most-feared referee to be participating at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, according to research carried out by our research team at Gambling.com.
“Four-time winners Italy may not be taking part in the 2022 event, but Orsato will be representing his nation in the absence of the Azzurri and players should tread lightly if they come up against him. Orsato came out on top of a data study our research team conducted, factoring in the number of cards shown, the color of each card and the number of penalties dished out throughout the World Cup qualifying campaign.
“He amassed an Index Score of 75 having dealt out a whopping 33 cards (32 yellows, one red) as well as awarding two penalties, all in just five European qualifiers in the build-up to Qatar 2022.
“The power of the whistle cannot be underestimated, even in the age of VAR, and when Orsato is in charge, big decisions are never far away. Just look at these stats racked up across the qualifiers.”
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