By James Agberebi:
Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir has been appointed by the FIFA to officiate the crucial Group D Russia 2018 World Cup clash between the Super Eagles and Argentina in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.
Cakir’s appointment was confirmed on the verified Twitter handle of FIFA Media on Sunday following the announcement of referee designations for upcoming games.
The 41-year-old Cakir will be assisted by his compatriots Bahattin Duran (Assistant Referee one) and Tarik Ongun (Assistant Referee Two).
Netherlands’ Bjorn Kuipers will be the fourth official while Sander Van Roekel also from Netherlands will serve as Reserve Assistant.
The game between Nigeria and Argentina will be the second game Cakir will take charge of at this year’s FIFA World Cup after officiating the game between Morocco and Iran.
He was one of the centre referees at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where he officiated the games involving hosts Brazil vs Mexico (group game), Algeria vs Russia (group game) and Netherlands vs Argentina (semi-final).
Cakir is infamous for among European club football fans for controversially sending off Manchester United’s Nani in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash at Old Trafford in 2013.