World Cup: Nicola Rizzoli of Italy will referee final between Germany and Argentina

Last Updated: 11/07/14 11:27pm

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Nicola Rizzoli: Italian referee to take charge of World Cup final

Nicola Rizzoli: Italian referee to take charge of World Cup final

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Nicola Rizzoli of Italy will referee the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, FIFA has announced.

With a European side facing a South American team, many had expected FIFA to appoint an Asian referee for Sunday's global showpiece. 

But Jim Boyce, the chairman of the FIFA's refereeing committee, said: "We choose the best referees for the best matches, and the Italian will referee the final."

Rizzoli has officiated three matches at this year's tournament, including two played by Argentina; their quarter-final victory over Belgium and the group stage win over Nigeria.

The qualified architect also handled the high-profile match between Netherlands and Spain on the second day of the tournament.

He also took charge of the all-German UEFA Champions League final at Wembley in 2013 - when Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 - and sent off Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny during their 2-0 defeat by Bayern in a Champions League match in February.

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