Ricci to officiate “Bloodless War” in Kaliningrad

Nigeria’s opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be refereed by Sandro Meira Ricci.

Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles kick-off their campaign against Croatia this Saturday and it has now been confirmed the Brazilian official will take charge of the fixture.

The 43-year-old has been an international referee since 2011.

In March 2013, FIFA added Ricci to its list of candidate referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Ricci was the Brazilian referee at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, along with assistant referees Emerson de Carvalho and Marcelo Van Gasse.

During his debut match France-Honduras, which was played on 15 June 2014, he was the first referee in the world to validate a goal by means of the goal line technology.

He will be assisted by compatriots, Emerson De Carvalho and Mercelo Van Gasse.

Nigeria and Croatia will do battle at Kaliningrad Stadium (Kaliningrad) on Saturday evening, starting from 2000 hours.

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