Saturday, June 12, 2010

Do you know this man?

Match: ENG v. USA
If you don't, you should. His name is Carlos Simon, hails from Brazil and will be the referee for the ENG v. USA match.

Here is the whole story about the match:

Match Date: 12-JUN-2010
Match #: 5
Group: C

Referee: SIMON Carlos (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: HAUSMANN Altemir (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: BRAATZ Roberto (BRA)
Fourth Official: MAILLET Eddy (SEY)
Reserve Assistant Referee: MENKOUANDE Evarist (CMR)

His "official" stats can be found here from FIFA.

What else do we know?
Well, this is Mr. Simon's 3rd FIFA World Cup, which by any standard is pretty amazing. He apparently is currently a journalist (some report formally), and a former trade union worker.

He has come under recent fire in Brazil for a local match between Vasco and Botafogo where, as record has it, both coaches went to the Brazilian authorities regarding his performance with the denial of an injury time penalty to one team. Also, from the last World Cup, he was sharply criticized regarding a end off of Teddy Lucic from Sweden in their second round match against Germany.

While no referee is without controversy, this man is considered one of the most seasoned Brazil has to offer, and will be a treat to watch him as he begins what is certain to be his last FIFA World Cup.

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