Turkish referee Çakır to officiate World Cup semifinal match
Referee Cüneyt Çakır gestures during the group H World Cup match between Algeria and Russia. AP PhotoReferee Cüneyt Çakır has been assigned to officiate the World Cup semifinal match between the Netherlands and Argentina, reaching a new high in Turkish footballing history.
Çakır, who became only the second Turk to officiate a World Cup game following Doğan Babacan’s assignment in 1970, will work alongside fellow assistants Bahattin Duran and Tarık Ongun.
The 37-year-old previously officiated the World Cup Group A game between host Brazil and Mexico on June 17.
Çakır’s previous high points were officiating a semifinal game during the 2012 European Football Championships.
He has also officiated UEFA Champions League and Europa League semifinals matches before.