Nishimura, two assistant referees picked for World Cup assignment

Kyodo

Referee Yuichi Nishimura and assistant referees Toru Sagara and Toshiyuki Nagi have been appointed to officiate at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, world soccer’s governing body FIFA said Wednesday.

The FIFA referees committee, meeting in Zurich on Tuesday, appointed 25 referee trios and eight support duos representing 43 different countries for the finals starting on June 12.

Nishimura, 41, and Sagara, 37, will each be making his second straight appearance at the World Cup. Nishimura was in charge of four matches at the 2010 finals in South Africa, including the quarterfinal between Brazil and the Netherlands.

Nishimura was also a fourth official assisting player substitutions for the final between the Netherlands and eventual champion Spain. Nagi, 42, will be going to the finals for the first time.

The Japanese trio worked at the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June last year.