Twelve refereeing trios for last eight matches
Twelve of the 26 refereeing trios currently in Germany for the 2006 FIFA World Cup will be in contention to take charge of the last eight matches (quarter-finals, semi-finals, match for third place and final) after a decision reached by the FIFA Referees Committee at a meeting chaired by Ángel María Villar Llona (Spain) in Frankfurt/Neu-Isenburg on 28 June.
The following 12 refereeing trios are in line for the eight remaining matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup:
Referee : KAMIKAWA Toru, Japan
Assistants: HIROSHIMA Yoshikazu, Japan; KIM Dae Young, Korea Republic
Referee: CODJIA Coffi, Benin
Assistants: NTAGUNGIRA Celestin, Rwanda; ADERODJOU Aboudou, Benin
Referee: ARCHUNDIA Benito, Mexico
Assistants: RAMIREZ José, Mexico; VERGARA Hector, Canada
Referee: ELIZONDO Horacio, Argentina
Assistants: GARCIA Dario, Argentina; OTERO Rodolfo, Argentina
Referee: LARRIONDA Jorge, Uruguay
Assistants: RIAL Walter, Uruguay; FANDINO Pablo, Uruguay
Referee: SHIELD Mark, Australia
Assistants: GIBSON Nathan, Australia; WILSON Ben, Australia
Referee: BUSACCA Massimo, Switzerland
Assistants: BURAGINA Francesco, Switzerland; ARNET Matthias, Switzerland
Referee: DE BLEECKERE Frank, Belgium
Assistants: HERMANS Peter, Belgium; VROMANS Walter, Belgium
Referee: MEDINA CANTALEJO Luis, Spain
Assistants: GIRALDEZ CARRASCO Victoriano, Spain; MEDINA HERNANDEZ Pedro, Spain
Referee: MERK Markus, Germany
Assistants: SCHRAER Christian, Germany; SALVER Jan-Hendrik, Germany
Referee: MICHEL Lubos, Slovakia
Assistants: SLYSKO Roman, Slovakia; BALKO Martin, Slovakia
Referee: ROSETTI Roberto, Italy
Assistants: COPELLI Cristiano, Italy; STAGNOLI Alessandro, Italy
The Referees Committee also appointed the referees for the quarter-final matches. Lubos Michel will referee Germany v Argentina on 30 June, Frank De Bleeckere will take charge of Italy v Ukraine on the same day, while Horacio Elizondo has been assigned to England v Portugal and Luis Medina Cantalejo will officiate the Brazil v France game (both matches on 1 July).
For 14 referees and 28 assistant referees including the 15 officials in the support and development group the World Cup will come to an end when they return home on 30 June. "For some referees, the World Cup is now over, but for others, the adventure continues," said Villar Llona.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every official for their wonderful performances. I am proud of them. On the whole, I have been very happy with the performances of the match officials, even though they were not always error-free, something that is impossible to achieve. So far, the main objective to protect the players has been accomplished."