SA referee dropped for World Cup
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, News
South African referee Daniel Bennett was left off FIFA’s list of match officials for the 2014 World Cup according to a press release by SAFA today. Bennett was ruled out of the tournament after picking up an injury in a routine training session in Rio last week, and was unable to shake off the niggle.
FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke confirmed Bennett’s omission in a letter to SAFA and CAF, “The medical investigations revealed the seriousness of the injury which means a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks for cure,” he said.
The former South African referee of the year will be sent home as a result, and FIFA will not be bringing in a replacement for Bennett as there is sufficient cover.
“At this stage of the competition, taking any referee who is not on the final list of selected match officials is counter-productive, since those referees did not partake in any official FIFA fitness tests nor all theoretical, tactical and physical sessions since January 2014 when the final list of referees and assistant referees was approved,” said Valcke.
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