Doha. Referee Szymon Marciniak of Poland will make history on Sunday by becoming the first player from his country to officiate the FIFA World Cup final between France and Argentina at the Lusail Stadium. Marciniak, who starred in France’s group-stage victory over Denmark and Australia’s Round 16 loss to Argentina, will be assisted by compatriots Pavel Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz for the much-anticipated final.
The 41-year-old Marciniak has extensive UEFA Champions League experience and was on the field in Liverpool’s first-leg semi-final victory over Villarreal last season. Marciniak refereed three matches at the 2016 UEFA Euro.
Meanwhile, Qatar’s Abdulrahman Al Jassim will officiate the third-place play-off between Morocco and Croatia at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday.
The 35-year-old was the referee for the United States and Wales’ 1-1 group stage draw on the second day of the tournament. He officiated the FIFA Club World Cup final between Liverpool and Flamengo in December 2019.
Al Jassim will be accompanied by fellow Qataris Taleb Al Marri and Saud Ahmed Almakleh as assistant referees this weekend.
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