Confederations Cup officials named
The match officials for the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup have been announced, with 12 countries represented.
A total of 10 referees and 20 assistants have been revealed by FIFA on Monday, with 12 of the 30 picked from UEFA competitions.
Howard Webb, Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey, the English trio who oversaw the 2010 World Cup final, are among the officials named for the tournament.
The four-yearly tournament will feature the winners of each of FIFA’s regional competitions and hosts Brazil, as they prepare to stage the 2014 World Cup.
Festivities begin on June 15 in Brasilia, when Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team – who won the 2009 edition of the Confederations Cup in South Africa – face reigning AFC Asian Cup champions Japan.
All the officials who will take part were elected by Massimo Busacca, head of refereeing for the world football governing body.
“These officials are all potential candidates for next year’s flagship football event in Brazil, and such high-profile tournaments are key to their preparation,” he told FIFA’s official website.
“Like their other colleagues on the open list of 52 overall candidates for 2014, they can officiate matches at any level. We are convinced that they will deliver the quality we strive for.”
The referees will get additional help at the tournament with the introduction of goal-line technology.
Mon 13 May, 2013