FIFA named 30 football referess who will handle matches at the 2010 World Cup without a Nigerian but four Africans namely, Jerome Damon from South Africa, Mohamed Benouza from Algeria, Koman Coulibaly from Mali and Eddy Maillet from the Seychelles.
Out of the 30 arbiters, only 10 have officiated in the World Cup before. Of these 10, one of them is a journalist from Brazil, Carlos Eugenia Simon who has been to two World Cups, 2002 in Korea/Japan and 2006 in Germany.
The other referee with two caps is Colombiaâ€™s Oscar Ruiz, a lawyer who has attended the same World Cups like Simon. Seven others who appeared in the last World Cup are Carlos Amarilla, Paraguay, Benito Archundia, Mexico, Frank De Bleeckere, Belgium, Marco Rodriguez, Mexico, Massimo Bussaca, Switzerland and Jorge Larrionda from Uruguay.
The last of former World Cup referees is Carlos Batres from Guatemala who is making a comeback afer his appearance at the 2002 edition. He missed out in 2006.