I think FIFA has made a good decision to appoint Massimo Busacca as its new Head of Refereeing.

There has been a void in the FIFA Referee Department since the departure of José- Maria Garcia Aranda after the 2010 World Cup and it was essential that this was filled by someone of status in international refereeing.

Busacca has had his moments of controversy, as have had all top referees, but he will relish the challenges ahead of him.

He is Swiss, which will be an asset in Zurich, and is fluent in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.

He is also a member of the new FIFA Task Force Football 2014 chaired by Franz Beckenbauer.

He will not have the responsibility of preparing the FIFA Referee Development Programmes and working with the Referee Assistance Programmes (RAP) which will stay with Fernando Tresaco but his main focus will be in preparing the referees for Brazil 2014.

This is a major task and, based on his own experience of two FIFA World Cups, he will have his own ideas on how to move ahead.

Make no mistake, however, he will be judged on the success or failure of the referees in Brazil.

This judgement, and the public perception, could hinge on a few controversial incidents such as the ball crossing the line – England v Germany, an offside goal – Mexico v Argentina or a disallowed goal – USA v Slovenia.

There is a very fine line between success and failure.

I pass on my best wishes to Massimo Busacca, the new FIFA Head of Refereeing, in his challenging new role.

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