UAE 2013: Golden Eaglets get Norwegian referee for Mexico clash

Fifa has appointed four Scandinavian officials to oversee Nigeria’s match versus Mexico in Group F’s opening game at the U-17 World Cup

Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen will be the centre official when the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria battle Mexico in their first game at the 2013 world cadet championship billed for the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The 34-year old blunt official who became an international referee in 2005 officiated at the 2011 edition of the cadet tourney hosted by Mexico. It will be recalled that Moen sent off Italian striker,  Mario Balotelli in a World Cup qualifying game against the Czech Republic on 7 June, 2013.

Aside from this, he has officiated top Uefa Champions League games one of which was the first leg encounter between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in last season.

He will be assisted by Kim Haglund and Frank Andes while Danish Ken Hansen will be the fourth official as Mr Campbell Ogilvie, the President of the Scottish Football Association is the match commissioner.

 Nigeria is expected to put on the white jersey with green socks, with Mexico wearing black jerseys with red socks.