Victorian ref off to Olympics Print E-mail
Written by Football Federation Victoria   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:00

While Australia might not be playing football at the Olympics, Victoria will still be represented by referee Hakan Anaz.

Victorian match official Hakan Anaz will represent both his state and nation after being selected as one of Australia’s three match officials travelling to the London Olympic Games to officiate in the men’s football competition in 2012. [The others are Ben Williams (ACT) and Matthew Cream (SA), with Sarah Ho (NSW) and Allyson Flynn (ACT) at the women's competition. - AusRef]

The 42 year old, who works for the Australia Taxation Office has been a referee in the Victorian Premier League for the best part of a decade and has been an assistant referee for 18 FIFA International matches, 20 AFC Champions League matches and 50 Hyundai A-League matches.

FFV Referee Development Manager Chris Bambridge knows all about refereeing at the Olympics having done so himself at Seoul in 1988 and says that Hakan is the right man for the job.

“Hakan has always represented Victoria and Australia immaculately, both on and off the field,” he said.

"Not only is he a top level match official, he is instrumental in assisting the development of younger referees.”

FFV would like to wish Hakan the best of luck and we’re sure he’ll do his state proud.

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