6 Things You Have To Know About The Referee Nigeria Vs Argentina


The game, which ended 2-1 in favour of Argentina at the St Petersburg Stadium has become the talk of the town as many Nigerian football fans are saying the referee was biased in his officiating.

GQbuzz  brings you six quick facts about the referee, see below;

  1. He is 41-year-old Turkish national Cuneyt Cakir.
  1. He officiated Argentina’s semi-final clash against Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup which Argentina won 4-2 on penalties.

  2. On 24 April 2012, he officiated the Champions League semifinal between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Camp Nou, Barcelona. Çakır sent off John Terry in first half. Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate, although the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

  3. Çakır officiated the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus vs. Barcelona which the Catalans won.

  4. In all Lionel Messi has never lost a game refereed by Cakir, and there have been eight of such games.

  5. He has refereed more than 250 games in the Turkish Super Liga.

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