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Who is Raphael Claus? Brazilian referee at the 2022 World Cup

QATAR is just around the corner and Raphael Claus has been confirmed as one of the tournament’s referees.

The South American will join 38 other officials in the middle east as the best teams in the world battle it out for World Cup glory.

Raphael Claus has been appointed as a referee at this year’s World Cup

Here is a bit more information on him.

Who is Raphael Claus?

Raphael Claus was born in 1979 in Santa Barbara.

He is one of two Brazilian referees officiating at the tournament, with Wilton Sampaio also making the trip.

Clauss currently represents the Brazilian Serie A league, refereeing over 40 games in the last 12 months.

However, he also has experience of blowing his whistle in international tournaments.

In June 2019, Clauss was selected to referee the Under-20 World Cup, taking charge of the semi-final between Ukraine and Italy.

The 43-year-old has since been involved in several Copa America matches, officiating in the third placed-final between Colombia and Peru.

Raphael Claus refereed Lionel Messi and Argentina in the last year

More recently, Clauss has overseen plenty of South American World Cup Qualifying matches, most notably watching both Colombia and Chile miss out.

He has refereed Argentina three times in the last 12 months, producing 19 yellow cards in that time.

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