Mexican Rodriguez to ref Brazil vs. Germany; USA's Geiger 4th official
Mexican and CONCACAF referee Marco Antonio Rodriguez will officiate the World Cup semifinal between Brazil and Germany, while American referee Mark Geiger will serve as the fourth official for the match, FIFA announced on Sunday.
Geiger had been the first American to referee a World Cup knockout stage match when he worked the France-Nigeria clash in the round of 16. He did not serve on an officiating crew during the quarterfinals.
Rodriguez most notably worked the Uruguay-Italy match in which Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini. He also worked the Belgium-Algeria match during the group stage.
His crew is an all-CONCACAF one, with assistants Marvin Torrentera and Marcos Quintero also hailing from Mexico. The same quartet worked Uruguay-Italy.
Rodriguez will surely be under a watchful eye after Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo drew the ire of both Brazilian and Colombian fans for not showing more authority in the physical quarterfinal in which Neymar fractured a vertebra.