Poland’s Marciniak to referee World Cup final
Poland’s Szymon Marciniak will referee Sunday’s World Cup final between Argentina and France in Qatar, world football’s governing body FIFA has said.
Szymon MarciniakEPA/Noushad Thekkayil
This will be the 41-year-old’s third match as a referee at the tournament in Qatar, after a group-stage game between France and Denmark and a round-of-16 match between Argentina and Australia, Polish state news agency PAP reported on Thursday.
Marciniak will be the first Pole to referee a World Cup final.
He will be assisted by Polish linesmen Paweł Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz at Lusail Stadium near Doha, Qatar, on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Poland’s Tomasz Kwiatkowski will be a video assistant referee for the Argentina vs. France final, which kicks off at 4 p.m. Polish time, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
Former Polish international referee Michał Listkiewicz said the choice of Marciniak for the World Cup final „is the greatest success for Polish referees in history and a great success for Polish football.”
In 2018, Marciniak officiated two games at the World Cup in Russia.
He started a career as a professional football referee in 2006. Five years later he became a FIFA-listed referee.