FIFA has announced the referees for the FIFA World Cup™ matches 41-44, the final matches in the preliminary round for Groups E and F.
Honduras-Switzerland will be overseen by Nestor Pitana, who refereed the Group H match between Russia and Korea Republic on 17 June when he celebrated his 39th birthday. In his international career, the Argentinian took charge of the final match of the Copa Libertadores 2013 and three matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the same year.
The other match in Group E, Ecuador-France, will kick off simultaneously and be officiated by Noumandiez Doue. The 34-year-old of Côte d'Ivoire was the man in the middle for Australia-Chile on 13 January. Doue is the first referee from Côte d’Ivoire to take part in the FIFA World Cup™. He has officiated at two editions of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina will be refereed by 33-year-old Nicola Rizzoli,who oversaw Spain-Netherlands on 13 June. Rizzoli has previously taken part in the FIFA Club World Cup and FIFA U-20 World Cup and presided over the final of the UEFA Europa League in 2010 and the UEFA Champions League decider in 2013.
Meanwhile Carlos Velasco will referee Bosnia and Herzegovina-Iran kicking off at the same time as the other Group F match. The 43-year-old Spaniard, who refereed the Uruguay-England match on 19 June, has previously officiated at matches in the UEFA EURO 2012 and the FIFA Club World Cup 2013 among other competitions.