Howard Webb made to wait for first game

Referee Howard Webb signals for a free kick during the match between West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park on January 19, 2013
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English official Howard Webb must wait to be handed his first game of the 2014 World Cup after failing to feature in the latest batch of appointments.

English official Howard Webb must wait until the latter part of the week before making his first appearance at the 2014 World Cup finals.

Webb, who refereed the 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands, had been expected to feature in FIFA's latest batch of appointments, but the Premier League representative will not officiate a match until Thursday at the earliest.

American Mark Geiger has been handed the fixture between Spain and Chile, which will be his second game in the space of five days, while Algerian Djamel Haimoudi will be the man in the middle for Australia's encounter with the Netherlands.

Webb's lack of game time could potentially be an indication that FIFA intend on using the Rotherham-based official during the final stages of the tournament.

Teofilo Gutierrez of Colombia and Cristian Zapata celebrate after the second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Greece at Estadio Mineirao on June 14, 2014
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