Argentine Referee, Nestor Pitana, to Officiate World Cup Final

Argentina’s Nestor Pitana has been named as the referee for the World Cup final between France and Croatia.

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, Fifa announced.

The imposing official will have two more Argentines, Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti as assistant referees while 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 Croatia 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.

One of the more popular referees from South America, Pitana officiated four matches in Brazil 2014, the last being France’s 1-0 loss to eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals.

Iranian referee Alireza Faghani, who officiated France’s 4-3 victory over Argentina in the last 16, has been selected for the third-place playoff between Belgium and England in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

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