World Cup: FIFA reduces referees for final matches

Fifteen out of the 25 referee trios at the competition will remain in Brazil.

The FIFA Referees Committee on Monday confirmed the list of referees who will cover the last four matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

According to the committee headed by Jim Boyce, 15 out of the 25 referee trios at the competition will remain in Brazil and are available for selection for the matches.

“The committee defined the list after careful monitoring of all referees and assistant referees on a daily basis, together with the technical staff. In line with how designations have been made throughout the tournament, quality was the main criteria while physical, medical and technical aspects were also taken into consideration,” Mr. Boyce said.

A FIFA media statement also quoted the world football governing body’s Head of Refereeing, Massimo Busacca, who took the opportunity to thank the entire referee team before departures started on Monday.

“As the tournament draws to a close, I will like to say “thank you” to all of the match officials – the 25 trios and the eight support duos – for their contributions. Considering what is at stake in each and every World Cup match, with the eyes of millions watching on, I want to praise the entire team for the way they’ve conducted themselves and gone about their work as professionals. Overall I’m pleased with the performances and the effort put in. We have also been looking out for key learnings as part of the debriefs and thorough analysis of the trainings and matches,” said Mr. Busacca.

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