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Eriksson to referee US opener against Ghana

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The United States' World Cup opener against Ghana in Natal will be refereed by Jonas Eriksson of Sweden.

FIFA announced its referee selections on Saturday for three matches on Monday.

The Germany vs. Portugal match - also in Group G - will be refereed by Milorad Mazic of Serbia. The match is in Salvador.

Nigeria vs. Iran, a Group F match in Curitiba, will be handled by Carlos Vera of Ecuador.

Eriksson is a full-time referee who worked two matches at the 2012 European Championship.

The Swedish official's integrity was questioned this season by Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, after he sent off Martin Demichelis for fouling Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Pellegrini later apologized and was given a two-match sideline ban by UEFA.

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