Argentinian Pitana to referee World Cup final


FIFA have named Argentinian Nestor Pitana as the referee for Sunday's 2018 FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia.

The 43-year-old officiated the tournament's opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia, Mexico against Sweden in Group F, France's quarter-final victory over Uruguay, as well as Croatia's last-16 clash with Denmark.

Australian fans may remember he was also the referee for the crucial second leg of the Socceroos' final qualifying play-off against Honduras in Sydney, which the Aussies won 3-0 to seal passage to Russia.

He is joined by assistant referees Hernan Maidana and Juan Belatti, as well as fourth official Bjorn Kuipers.

France booked their spot in the final in Moscow with a slender win over Belgium, while Croatia edged past England to seal their place in a World Cup final for the first time in their history.\

Source Omnisport