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FIFA selects Nestor Pitana of Argentina to referee World Cup final

FIFA confirms that Argentine referee Nestor Pitana will take charge of Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia.

FIFA has named Nestor Pitana of Argentina as the referee for Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia.

The 43-year-old, a physical education teacher, has already taken charge of four matches at the tournament in Russia.

Pitana officiated the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia and was in charge for Sweden's win over Mexico, Croatia's victory over Denmark in the last 16 and France's quarter-final success against Uruguay.

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

Pitana becomes the second Argentine referee to officiate a World Cup final after Horacio Elizondo, who took charge of Italy's 2006 triumph over France in Berlin.


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