Italy's Nicola Rizzoli to referee World Cup final
Referee Nicola Rizzoli of Italy speaks with Argentina's Lionel Messi during the World Cup quarterfinal in Brasilia, Brazil, on July 5, 2014. (Martin Meissner)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, July 11, 2014 1:41PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- FIFA officials say Nicola Rizzoli of Italy will referee the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.
With a European and South American team playing, many had expected FIFA to appoint an Asian referee for Sunday's game. However, Jim Boyce, the chairman of the FIFA's refereeing committee, says "we choose the best referees for the best matches, and the Italian will referee the final."
Massimo Busacca, head of refereeing for FIFA, confirmed that Rizzoli will be in charge of the match. FIFA had not yet made an official announcement.
Rizzoli also worked the 2013 Champions League final.