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USA v England will have Brazilian officiating crew

Posted on 07 June 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

FIFA has named the referees for the first 16 matches of the 2010 World Cup, with a Brazilian crew named for the USA-England match on June 12 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa.

Carlos Simon, who officiated in both the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, will be the referee. According to FIFA’s media kit, Simon does not speak English, which means he will not be able to communicate with England’s players, at least not verbally. (Unless I am wrong with my assumption that none of them speak Spanish or Portuguese, listed as Simon’s only spoken languages). U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra speaks Spanish, as do several of his teammates, including Landon Donovan. A slight advantage for the Yanks, perhaps?

Cue the English tabloids. It turns out they’ve had target practice with Simon before. In a 2006 game between Germany and Sweden, he was criticized for sending off Sweden’s Teddy Lucic for a second bookable offense. He also controversially grinned at Lucic after pulling out the red card. According to The Independent, Simon is a bit of a flight risk.

Simon also refereed Italy-Ghana and Spain-Tunisia in the group stage of 2006. In 2002, he did two group matches, England’s 1-1 draw with Sweden (links to BBC match report) and Mexico vs. Italy (another 1-1 draw). He also did the 2007 Copa America, though no matches involving the U.S.

The full crew for June 12:
Referee: Carlos SIMON (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Altemir HAUSMANN (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto BRAATZ (BRA)
Fourth Official: Eddy MAILLET (SEY)

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