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PRO officials assigned to 2014 FIFA World Cup

Jan 15, 2014

Four officials from the Professional Referee Organization have been assigned to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Brazil.

Mark Geiger has been selected as a referee for this summer’s tournament, alongside ARs Sean Hurd and Joe Fletcher. They are one of 25 trios selected by the FIFA Referee Committee, and one of three from CONCACAF.

The news comes a month after Geiger and Hurd, both from the US, were assigned as the fourth and fifth officials for the FIFA Club World Cup Final between Bayern München and Raja Casablanca.

Although Canadian Fletcher wasn’t involved in that match, the trio of PRO members officiated the fifth-place Play-Off match between Club de Futbol Monterrey and Al-Ahly Sporting Club.

Eric Boria is the fourth PRO official to be assigned to soccer’s showpiece competition. The 39-year-old American is one half of a support duo, working with referee Roberto Moreno-Salazar from Panama.

PRO General Manager Peter Walton said: “This is fantastic news for our four officials.

“PRO’s support team are delighted for Mark, Sean, Joe and Eric, but also for all of our officials too, as this reflects the very high standard of officiating we have within our ranks.”

During the 2013 MLS season, Geiger was the center official on 15 occasions. Hurd was assigned AR duties 14 times, with Fletcher taking the flag for 15 matches, while Boria was involved 11 times.

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