Everything you need to know about World Cup referees

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People love them and hate them... but do they really know them? Here's a closer look at the men in charge of making the calls during the World Cup 2014 matches.

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Referee Howard Webb, right, from England holds back Colombia's Mario Yepes during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Referee Howard Webb, right, from England holds back Colombia's Mario Yepes during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014
Referee Howard Webb, right, from England holds back Colombia's Mario Yepes during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Australia's Matthew Leckie (bottom R) grimaces on the pitch, near referee Noumandiez Doue of Ivory Coast (L), during the team's 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Chile at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Australia's Leckie grimaces on the pitch during the team's 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Chile at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba
Australia's Matthew Leckie (bottom R) grimaces on the pitch, near referee Noumandiez Doue of Ivory Coast (L), during the team's 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Chile at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Referee Jonas Eriksson from Sweden, center, mediates an argument between Ghana's Sulley Muntari, left, and United States' Jermaine Jones during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Referee Jonas Eriksson from Sweden, center, mediates an argument between Ghana's Sulley Muntari, left, and United States' Jermaine Jones during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014
Referee Jonas Eriksson from Sweden, center, mediates an argument between Ghana's Sulley Muntari, left, and United States' Jermaine Jones during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Referee Bjorn Kuipers (R) talks to Italy's Andrea Pirlo during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Referee Bjorn Kuipers talks to Italy's Andrea Pirlo during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus
Referee Bjorn Kuipers (R) talks to Italy's Andrea Pirlo during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
AGADIR, MOROCCO - DECEMBER 17: Referee Bakary Gassama gestures during the FIFA Club World Cup Semi Final match between Guangzhou Evergrande FC and Bayern Muenchen at Agadir Stadium on December 17, 2013 in Agadir, Morocco. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
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AGADIR, MOROCCO - DECEMBER 17: Referee Bakary Gassama gestures during the FIFA Club World Cup Semi Final match between Guangzhou Evergrande FC and Bayern Muenchen at Agadir Stadium on December 17, 2013 in Agadir, Morocco. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

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