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Former FIFA referee Abdul Aziz passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) after suffering from cardiac problems for two weeks, reports UNB.

Abdul Aziz, the country’s most prominent and leading referee of his time, was admitted to BSMMU on 12 October with cardiac problems and breathed his last around 3:45pm.

He became the youngest FIFA referee of his time at the age of 28 in 1981 and conducted 28 international matches including World Cup Qualifiers, Olympic Qualifiers and World University Games

He started his career as an assistant referee in the first division football league in 1974 and conducted the Brothers Union and Dhaka Wanderers match as a referee in 1975.

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He became the youngest FIFA referee of his time at the age of 28 in 1981 and conducted 28 international matches including World Cup Qualifiers, Olympic Qualifiers and World University Games in the 11 years until 1991.

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He conducted some 500 local matches including a good number of tense Abahani-Mohammedan ties during the heyday of the clash and retired in 2000.

He also enrolled as coach of Agrani Bank Club and Eskaton Sabuj Sangha and guided the Agrani Bank team to Premier Division League from First Division as coach.