2018 FIFA World Cup: Argentina referee to take charge of final


Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has named Argentina officials for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup final slated for Sunday between France and Croatia in Moscow.

The World football governing body named Nestor Pitana, along with his assistants Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti, will officiate the final between France and Croatia.

Pitana, a 43-year-old physical education teacher, has already refereed four matches at Russia 2018, taking charge of Russia v Saudi Arabia (Opening Game) and Mexico v Sweden in the group stages, the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, as well as the quarter-final between Uruguay and France.

Pitana has been an international referee since 2010 and was at the centre for the Rio 2016 Semi final match between Germany and Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Alireza Faghani of Iran was also named as the centre referee for the third place play off between Belgium and England on Saturday.

He will be assisted by compatriots Moha Mansouri and  Reza SOKHANDAN with Senegalese duo of Malang DIEDHIOU and Djibril Camara working as 4th officials and reserved referee.

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