Canadian set to work Colombia-Greece game

Canadian Joe Fletcher will work the lines during the World Cup game between Colombia and Greece....

Canadian Joe Fletcher will work the lines during the World Cup game between Colombia and Greece. (JULIE JOCSAK/ QMI Agency)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:46 PM ET

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - Joe Fletcher, a native of Niagara Falls, Ont., will run the line during Saturday’s Colombia-Greece Group C match in Belo Horizonte.

The Major League Soccer official, the lone Canadian referee at this tournament, is on a four-man team with U.S. referee Mark Geiger, fellow assistant Mark Sean Hurd (U.S.) and fourth official Alireza Faghani of Iran.

“The day you think you know it all or you’ve got this pretty much figured out is probably the day you start going downward,” Fletcher told QMI Agency before the tournament.

The 37-year-old Fletcher, who also works as an accountant in St. Catharines, Ont., has extensive experience refereeing CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Fletcher has also been an assistant in 50-plus Major League Soccer games dating back to 2007.

The referee selection at a World Cup is a multiple-year process. Fletcher was monitored at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in 2012.

Some referees at the World Cup receive as much as $50,000 in pay for two months of work.

Performance will determine if Fletcher’s North American-based team is assigned games past the group phase.


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