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Björn Kuipers to officiate Egypt’s World Cup opener against Uruguay

Björn Kuipers to officiate Egypt’s World Cup opener against Uruguay

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Dutch referee Björn Kuipers has been appointed to officiate ’s World Cup opener against Uruguay on Friday, June 15.

Egypt’s first World Cup game in 28 years is set to take place at the Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg on Friday, June 15 at 14:00 CLT.

The game will be Björn Kuipers’ fourth one in the World Cup after the Dutchman took charge of three games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He referred Italy vs England and Switzerland vs France in the group stages, before officiating Colombia’s encounter with Uruguay in the round of 16, which the Colombians won 2-0, thanks to James Rodríguez’s brace.

Kuipers became a FIFA referee in 2006 and is a UEFA Elite group referee since 2009.

He served as a referee at the 2011 UEFA Super Cup, the 2013 and 2018 UEFA Europa League finals, the 2014 UEFA Champions League final, and the 2017 U-20 World Cup final.

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