World Cup blow for referee Bennett

Fifa says Daniel Bennett will no longer take part in the tournament due to injury.


JOHANNESBURG - The 2014 Fifa Soccer World Cup dream of former South African referee of the year, Daniel Bennett, has been shattered after he was ruled out of the list of match officials to officiate at the tournament due to injury.

Bennett was selected as support referee for the football spectacle taking place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July.

He picked up an injury in a routine training session at the Zico Centre in Rio on 3 June.

"The medical investigations revealed the seriousness of the injury which means a minimum of four to six weeks for cure. The main consequence is that Mr Bennett will be unable to officiate and support matches at this 2014 Fifa World Cup," said Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke in a letter to the South African Football Association and CAF.

Bennett's assistant Marwa Range from Kenya will continue with his duties in Brazil as support assistant referee.

There will be no replacement for Bennett as Fifa believes they have sufficient cover.