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FIFA picks Italian referee for Nigeria versus Argentina match

Abuja –  World football governing body FIFA has picked Nicola Rizzoli of Italy to oversee the Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina on Wednesday at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 33-year-old Italian had been in charge of the Spain versus Netherlands match June 13, which ended with the Dutch mauling the then defending champions 5-1.

Rizzoli has previously taken part in the FIFA Club World Cup and FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Nicola Rizzoli
Nicola Rizzoli

He also presided over the final of the Europa League 2010 and the final of the Champions League 2013.

Meanwhile, Carlos Velasco will referee the Bosnia-Herzegovina versus Iran match, which will kick off at the same time in Group F.

The 43-year-old Spaniard, who refereed the Uruguay versus England match on June 19, has previously officiated at matches in the UEFA EURO 2012.

He was also at the FIFA Club World Cup 2013, among other competitions.

Their appointments were on the list of referees FIFA announced for the Brazil 2014 matches 41 to 44.

These are the final matches in the preliminary round for Group E and Group F.

The match Honduras versus Switzerland will be overseen by Nestor Pitana of Argentina.

He had refereed the Group H match between Russia and Korea Republic on June 17, when he celebrated his 39th birthday.

In his international career, Pitana managed the final match of the 2013 Copa Libertadores and three matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the same year.

The other match in Group E, Ecuador versus France, will kick off simultaneously and be officiated by Noumandiez Doue.

The 34-year-old from Côte d’Ivoire was the man in the middle for the match Australia versus Chile on June.

Doue is the first referee from Côte d’Ivoire to take part in the finals of a FIFA World Cup.

He has officiated at two editions of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA U-20 World Cup.


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