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England-France referee Wilton Sampaio in line for World Cup final despite criticism


Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio, who refereed the quarter-final between England and France on Saturday, is set to take charge of the World Cup final.

Sampaio was heavily criticized for his performance as England lost 2-1 to France.

England defender Harry Maguire called his display “really poor”, while Jude Bellingham said Sampaio was “not great”.

They felt some decisions went against England, notably when appeals for a first-half penalty were dismissed following a challenge against Harry Kane.

But Sampaio is in the frame to referee the final, alongside England official Anthony Taylor. Michael Oliver was sent home despite a decisive quarter-final performance between Brazil and Croatia.

England stars such as Jude Bellingham strongly criticized Wilton Sampaio’s performance

/ Reuters

Italian referee Daniele Orsato will officiate the first semi-final between Argentina and Croatia on Tuesday. FIFA is expected to announce on Monday the referee for the other semi-final between Morocco and France.

The first female World Cup referee, Stephanie Frappart, has also returned home as the pool is understandably small with fewer matches to work on.

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