Argentina’s Nestor Pitana To Referee World Cup Final Match

Argentina's Nestor Pitana To Referee World Cup Final - Surge Zirc
Argentine referee Nestor Pitana, who handled France’s quarterfinal against, will be in charge for the final against Croatia./Photo credit: Thenews

Nestor Pitana of Argentina will referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia, FIFA announced on Thursday.

ALSO READ: Croatia Advances To First World Cup Final With Dramatic Win Over England

Pitana, a former actor who has already refereed four games including the tournament opener between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia and France’s quarter-final win over Uruguay, will take charge of Sunday’s showpiece at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

He will have two more Argentines, Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti as assistant referees. Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will be the fourth official backed up by another Dutchman, Erwin Zeinstra.

In addition to handling a French victory, Pitana was also in charge when #beat Denmark in the last 16 on penalties.

The 43-year-old’s other game in Russia was Sweden’s 3-0 group-stage victory over Mexico.

ALSO READ: From Player To One-Man Multinational — Cristiano Ronaldo

In Brazil in 2014, Pitana refereed four matches. The last was France’s 1-0 loss to eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals.

For the third-place playoff between Belgium and England in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, FIFA have selected Iranian referee Alireza Faghani.

Surge It