July 31, 2014
Italian Rizzoli to referee World Cup final
Italian Nicola Rizzoli will referee Sunday's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracaná, Massimo Busacca, FIFA's head of refereeing told reporters.
Earlier today, rumors appointed Swedish Jonas Eriksson as the chosen referee for the final, but finally Rizzoli was officially announced.
Rizzoli, 42, has already refereed Argentina twice during this World Cup: the group match the Albiceleste beat Nigeria 3-2, and the last 8 game versus Belgium.
The Italian will be accompanied by Renato Faverani (44 years-old) and Andrea Stefani (also 44 years-old).
Among the other games he has refereed in Brazil is the Group A match between champions Spain and the Netherlands on June 13 which the Dutch won 5-1.
Rizzoli also took charge of the all-German Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley last year.
Last season he was involved in an extraordinary incident when he awarded a penalty and then changed his mind after five minutes of angry protests during a Serie A match between AS Roma and Sassuolo.