The MLS-based refereeing crew led by Mark Geiger has received its second assignment of the 2018 World Cup: A key Group F clash between South Korea and defending champions Germany in Kazan on Wednesday.
Referee designations FWC 2018 Match 41: #KOR🆚#GER (27 June):— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) June 25, 2018
Referee: Mark GEIGER (USA)
ASR 1: Joe FLETCHER (CAN)
ASR 2: Frank ANDERSON (USA)
4th Off. Julio BASCUÑAN (CHI)
Res.Ass Chris. SCHIEMANN (CHI)@FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/ExSsC7VOYb
Geiger will be the man in the middle, flanked by assistant referees Joe Fletcher (Canada) and Frank Anderson (USA) with a Chilean duo as fourth official and VAR. Geiger, Fletcher and Anderson’s first game was a contentious, ill-tempered Group B clash between Portugal and Morocco on June 20.
Though South Korea face longer odds than Germany in terms of earning advancement to the knockout stages, all four of the teams in Group F are still eligible to advance; Mexico and Sweden will play simultaneously in Yekaterinburg. Myriad permutations could unfold depending on Wednesday’s final results.