FIFA have named 39 year old American,Mark Geiger as the centre referee in this evening’s round of 16 clash between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Les Bleus of France.
Fellow American Sean Hurd and Canadian Joe Fletcher will act as assistant referees.
This will be Geiger’s third match in this competition after Colombia v. Greece and Spain v. Chile.
Geiger has been an international referee since 2008 and he oversaw the finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2011 and the CONCACAF U-20 Championship of the same year. In 2012, he was in charge of two matches at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament and in 2013, he refereed at the FIFA Club World Cup.
Geiger is a member of the Professional Referee Organization and has been a longtime referee in Major League Soccer with more than 100 matches to his credit over the past decade.