FIFA finally allow referees from a ‘OneLove’ nations to officiate at World Cup


FIFA have finally given a game to a referee from a ‘OneLove’ nation, the day after Sportsmail asked the World Cup organisers why they have been snubbing those officials.

Germany’s Daniel Siebert will oversee Tunisia against Australia on Saturday – the 21st match of this World Cup.

Englishman Michael Oliver has also been given a match and will take charge of Japan vs Croatia on Sunday.

Questions were being asked of FIFA over their disregarding of Oliver, Taylor, Makkelie and Siebert.

Seven ‘OneLove’ nations – England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands – put their names to last week’s statement criticising FIFA for banning the armbands which were supposed to signify anti-discrimination.

Some referees are now taking charge of their second games of this World Cup with Italy’s Daniele Orsato, who oversaw the opener between Qatar and Ecuador, being selected for Argentina against Mexico.


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