World Cup Appointments: Wednesday, June 18
We have our first repeat referee of the tournament, and it’s a bit of a delightful surprise: Mark Geiger of USA.
As I mentioned earlier, Geiger really impressed in his inaugural performance between Colombia and Greece (above) and I expected to see him again. But not quite so soon, and in quite so big of a game. Spain v. Chile should be a real cracker, and it shows great faith in him that he’s been given the reigns.
This is a very good sign for Geiger.
Pedro Proenca of Portugal will take Cameroon v. Croatia, and I think that’s deliberate. Between poor refereeing and being photographed naked by
stalkers paparazzi, Croatia are at the breaking point. Proenca is not only an excellent referee, but is a very calming presence on the pitch. He just might be what Croatia need to feel less persecuted.
Another interesting thing about Wednesday’s appointments? Here we are, seven days into the tournament and no Howard Webb. They are eventually going to use him, but repeating Geiger so early and not choosing Webb raises eyebrows…
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Assistant: Sean Hurd (USA)
Assistant: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Fourth Official: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)