HCM CITY (VNS) —Japanese referee Sato Ryuji will oversee the match between Becamex Binh Duong and Thanh Hoa in the 16th round of the V-League on June 12, according to the Viet Nam Football Federation.
Sato has refereed internationally at the ASEAN Football Championships and FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He is also a referee in the J-League Division 1.
His colleague Toma Massaki will referee the match between Binh Duong and Ha Noi T&T in the 18th round on June 17. Toma has been refereeing in the J-League since 2008. He became the first foreign referee ever to be invited to officiate in a match in England's FA Cup in 2011.
In addition, Tojo Minoru will officiate one of decisive matches in the last round of the V-League on August 10. Tojo currently officiates in the J-League, and has been an international referee since 2007.. — VNS