THREE Negrense football referees were among the 12 Filipino officials included in the recently-released Fifa 2018 Refereeing International Lists.
These officials are Linjun Talaver (Fifa referee), Giovanni Lachica (Fifa assistant referee), and Emmanuel Elloso (Fifa futsal referee).
With their inclusion in the said list, they are now qualified to officiate in the international level.
Aside from Lachica, the other newly-appointed Fifa assistant referee is Iloilo-hailed Francis Engalgado, and Jhesa Mae Kaatz as women's referee.
Completing the list are Fifa referees Clifford Daypuyat and Steve Supresencia; assistant referees Relly Balila, Kent Gobuyan and Krizmark Nañola; Rey Ritaga (Fifa futsal referee), and Merlo Albano (Fifa women's assistant referee).
Philippine Football Federation general secretary Edwin Gastanes hailed the appointment of the 12 Filipino referees to the Fifa Referee Lists.
"We would like to congratulate all 12 Filipino referees, who are nominated by PFF and have been included in the Fifa 2018 Refereeing International Lists," he said.
"Their acceptance to the list should serve as inspiration to other young and promising Filipino football referees, who aspire to be a Fifa referee in the future," Gastanes added.