Rizzoli to referee World Cup final

Referee Nicola Rizzoli of Italy speaks with Argentina’s Lionel Messi during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium in Brasilia, Brazil.

Referee Nicola Rizzoli of Italy speaks with Argentina’s Lionel Messi during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium in Brasilia, Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO: Nicola Rizzoli of Italy will referee the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, according to FIFA officials.

With a European and South American team playing, many had expected FIFA to appoint an Asian referee for Sunday’s game. However, Jim Boyce, the chairman of the FIFA’s refereeing committee, said Rizzoli would get the duty.

“We choose the best referees for the best matches, and the Italian will referee the final,” Boyce said.
FIFA has not yet made an official announcement on the World Cup final, but Massimo Busacca, head of refereeing for FIFA, confirmed that Rizzoli will be in charge of the match.

Rizzoli has already worked three matches at this year’s World Cup, including two played by Argentina: A quarterfinal victory over Belgium and a group win over Nigeria.

 
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