Pitana named for World Cup final

July 13, 2018
Uruguay players protest to referee Nestor Pitana (center) of Argentina that France's Kylian Mbappe (on ground) is overreacting after taking a dive during their FIFA World Cup quarter-final match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Friday, July 6.

FIFA has selected Nestor Pitana to referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia on Sunday.

The Argentine referee will blow the final whistle at Luzhniki Stadium on a tournament he began there by handling the opening game, when Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0.

It will be the fifth game at this World Cup for Pitana, and his second working with each of France and Croatia.

Pitana handled France's 2-0 win in the quarter-finals against Uruguay, and Croatia's round of 16 win over Denmark.

FIFA also named Alireza Faghani of Iran as referee for the third-place game. Belgium plays England in St Petersburg tomorrow for third place.

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