Uzbek Irmatov will referee opening match

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Uzbekistan's Ravshan Irmatov will referee the opening World Cup match between hosts South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Friday, organizers FIFA said on Saturday.

Irmatov, who began his international career seven years ago, was in charge of the 2008 Club World Cup final between Manchester United and Liga de Quito.

Rafael Ilyasov of Uzbekistan and Bahadyr Kochkorov of Kyrgyzstan will be the assistant referees in Friday's game.

(Reporting by Javier Leira, editing by Tony Jimenez)