Referee for World Cup Semifinal Between Brazil and Germany: Marco Rodriguez
Marco Rodriguez of Mexico – known as “chiquidracula” partly for his love of hair product – will take the first semifinal, between Brazil and Germany.
Rodriguez has had a good tournament, and what’s more, he’s proven that he can handle making tough calls. It was, after all, Rodriguez who sent off Italy’s Claudio Marchisio for a studs up challenge.
This is especially important after the Brazil v. Colombia match, in which the referee’s overly lenient behavior arguably led to the tournament’s worst injury.
He is, of course, best known in this tournament for being the referee who missed the Luis Suarez bite on Giorgio Chiellini.
But I am okay with that; Suarez did that in such a way that it was hidden from the referee, and it took several camera angles before it became conclusive that that’s what happened. Rodriguez knew something had happened but, since neither he nor his team saw it, chose to do nothing at the time.
Though that’s been held up as a fault, it was probably wise, and allowed FIFA’s disciplinary committee to act.
Here are the matches Rodriguez has been in so far:
USA’s Mark Geiger will serve as fourth official. Geiger is also from CONCACAF, which means it’s highly unlikely we’ll see him as referee of one of the last three games.
Note: A Costa Rican reporter named Juan Arango claims that Geiger has already been chosen for the second semifinal. Note that Geiger is the 4th Official in this match, held in Belo Horizonte. One of his team – Sean Hurd – will be with him. The second semi is in Sao Paulo the next day. The two cities are 8 hours or an airplane flight apart.
I suppose anything is possible, but for this to happen, he would have to get on a plane and go straight to Sao Paulo. He would not be able to have a pitch inspection or team meetings the day or so before the match, as is traditional. He’d also be open to security threats, since he’d have to be at a stadium and in an airport after he’d been announced as the semifinal referee. (This could actually be super dangerous for the referee.)
That isn’t really how FIFA operates, but as you can see, Arango claims it’s a done deal.