7/13/2018 10:18:34 AM (GMT+3)

Argentina's Pitana to officiate France-Croatia World Cup final


MOSCOW: Argentinian Nestor Pitana, along with his assistants Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti, will officiate the World Cup final between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Sunday.

The 43-year-old physical education teacher has already officiated four matches, taking charge of Russia vs Saudi Arabia and Mexico-Sweden in the group stages, the Round of 16 match between Croatia-Denmark and quarterfinal between Uruguay and France.

He has been an international referee since 2010 and the second Argentinian to officiate in two World Cups after Norberto Coerezza, who oversaw two games in 1970 and one in 1978.

After Horacio Elizondo in 2006, he becomes the second Argentinian referee to officiate a World Cup final.

Pitana is one of South America’s most experienced referees and also has playing experience at youth level.

Three games at the U-17 World Cup in 2013 preceded a call-up the following year for the World Cup in Brazil, where he supervised four fixtures.