Canadian to ref at World Cup

Joe Fletcher will be traveling to London to ref at the London Olympic Games. Photo taken on June...

Joe Fletcher will be traveling to London to ref at the London Olympic Games. Photo taken on June 12, 2012 at Club Roma. (Julie Jocsak/ QMI Agency)

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A trio of North American referees have been selected to take part in this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Major League Soccer referee Mark Geiger (U.S.) joins assistant referees Sean Hurd (U.S.) and Joe Fletcher (Canada).

Geiger and Hurd were most recently selected as the fourth and fifth officials for the FIFA Club World Cup final between Bayern Munich and Raja Casablanca.

“This is fantastic news for our four officials,” Peter Walton, general manager of the Professional Referee Organization, said in a statement. “PRO’s support team are delighted for Mark, Sean, Joe and Eric, but also for all of our officials, too, as this reflects the very high standard of officiating we have within our ranks.”

England’s Howard Webb, who was in charge of the 2010 World Cup final, has been included among the 25 referees who were named by FIFA on Wednesday.

The list included nine referees from Europe, five from South America, four from Asia, three each from Africa and CONCACAF and one from Oceania. Each referee was selected as a part of a team including two linesmen.

"FIFA has implemented a comprehensive program to ensure that the referees for its flagship competition are in peak condition," soccer's governing body said in a statement.

"The referees selected for the World Cup in Brazil have been chosen based especially on their personality and their quality in football understanding by being able to read the game and the teams' tactical approaches towards each game."


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