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Friday, July 07, 2006

Horacio Elizondo will be the referee

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These are good news for him and for Argentina: Horacio Elizondo was selected to be the referee of the World Cup final between three-time champion Italy and 1998 winner France.

It's good to remember that Elizondo, a 42-year-old physical education teacher, officiated in Portugal's quarter-final victory over England, when he sent off England player Wayne Rooney for stepping on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho.

The popular referee also was at the opening match on June 9, when host Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 in Munich.

We must mention that Dario Garcia and Rodolfo Otero, also of Argentina, will work the sidelines for the game at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi said on Thursday.

"We've had lots of American, South American and Latin American referees and we've been treated very good," said Giancarlo Abete, the chief of Italy's World Cup squad. "We've shown a lot of respect for the referee's decisions and those of the disciplinary committee."

According to official sources, Japan's Toru Kamikawa will handle today's third-place match between Germany and Portugal in Stuttgart. Yoshikazu Hiroshima of Japan and Kim Dae-young of South Korea will run the lines.

It's important to notice that FIFA vice president Lennart Johansson said Elizondo was a great choice, and he backed the official's decision to send Rooney off against Portugal.

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