World Cup Refs Told to Get Tough
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ Thirty-six referees were appointed for the World Cup and told to get tough on fake fouls, aggressive play and tackles from behind.
The list of referees _ including 14 from Europe _ and their 36 assistants was announced Monday by world soccer’s governing body. All of them have officiated at World Cup qualifiers.
``These referees and assistant referees play a role of the utmost importance,″ said FIFA general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen, a former referee.
``Not only must they ensure that the laws of the game are enforced, but they must also demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, coupled with tact and intuition, so that the teams can fulfill their potential and entertain those watching.″
The soccer showcase will held May 31-June in South Korea and Japan.
All the referees will take part in a seminar in Seoul on March 20-23. This will focus on aggressive play, the outlawed tackle from behind and on instructions on recognizing and penalizing fake fouls.
FIFA said the officials also would have to participate in a fitness program.