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Geiger and Fletcher rewarded with VAR assignment for third place play-off

Mark Geiger will be the Video Assistant Referee for the penultimate game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, assisted by PRO colleague Joe Fletcher who will be AVAR2.

The game between Belgium and England on Saturday will be the 63rd of the tournament and the 17th where a PRO official has been part of the crew. It will be the 11th game of the World Cup in which Geiger has officiated, and Fletcher’s ninth.

The two nations face off for the second time in the tournament, with Belgium claiming a 1-0 victory over their opponents during the Group Stages. At the Semi-Final stage, Belgium were defeated 1-0 by France, while England were undone by Croatia, losing 2-1 in extra-time.

Geiger, who was VAR for the FIFA Club World Cup Final in December, has been involved in England’s games against Panama and Colombia, and acted as VAR – alongside Fletcher – when Belgium defeated Tunisia in a Group G clash.

Howard Webb, General Manager of the Professional Referee Organization, said: “To be assigned to a game on the last weekend of a World Cup finals is a very impressive achievement of which we can all feel very proud.

“We wish Mark and Joe well for another successful match. Their assignment is another indication that PRO officials are at the forefront of the VAR project globally.”

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