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Palestinian female referee now wants to officiate on global field

Yasmin Nayroukh, known for the fairness of her officiating in Palestine soccer games, has been working on her English and knowledge of international sports rules to become an internationally certified referee.
Female Palestinian football referee Yasmeen Nayroukh, 29, the only one accredited to run all-male games in the West Bank, prepares before a local soccer match in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank February 26, 2018. Picture taken March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma - RC1FE9E2BD90
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Yasmin Nayroukh, one of the few female referees in the Middle East, is now one step closer to realizing her dream of becoming an international referee.

The 29-year-old Palestinian from Hebron in the southern West Bank is the only female referee accredited to officiate all-male games in the West Bank. This young woman, known among players for her fairness and swift decision-making, is now getting ready to participate in the first round of the Asian Football Confederation referee exam slated to be held in Ramallah in May, followed by another exam round to be organized in Malaysia or Jordan.

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