Referee also gets hurt ahead of World Cup

Updated: June 8, 2010, 4:49 PM ET
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- Referees also are getting hurt ahead of the World Cup.

Pablo Pozo of Chile is injured, FIFA said Tuesday, and will be replaced by Carlos Batres of Guatemala for Sunday's game between Algeria and Slovenia in Group C.

Pozo's assistants will be Leonel Leal of Costa Rica and Carlos Pastrana of Honduras. The fourth official will be Martin Hannson of Sweden, the referee who missed Thierry Henry's handball and allowed France to qualify for the World Cup in a playoff against Ireland.

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