Saturday June 30 2018
Rocchi ref for Brazil-Mexico

Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi has been assigned for Monday’s World Cup Round of 16 tie between Brazil and Mexico.

The official will be aided by Elenito Di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini as linesmen, with Spain’s Antonio Mateu as fourth official.

It will be played in Samara on July 2, kicking off at 15.00 UK time.

Rocchi already received a message via Mexico captain Andres Guardado during a Press conference.

“We all know Neymar. It's not up to me or us to judge, but the referees and FIFA.

“Now they have VAR, they have to watch his style of play and the referee needs to be on top of it because we know he likes to exaggerate fouls, he likes to drop to the floor a lot.

“But I repeat, it is his style of play and those who have to judge and in a way put an end to it are the officials, not us.”