Smart referee choice in Marciniak

HE’S feeling on top of the world and Poland referee Szymon Marciniak is excited about getting the opportunity of officiating in the FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France at Lusail Iconic Stadium.

“I missed the UEFA European Championship, it was a terrible feeling. Now, life gives back to me and I cannot even stop smiling because it’s a great feeling,” Marciniak added.

Poland’s Tomasz Kwiatkowski will be in his ear as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) while American Ismail Elfath — a two-times Major League Soccer Referee of the Year — will be the fourth official. 

“I’ve seen him a few times and I must say that he’s a calm and strict referee who doesn’t get carried away by the big-name players,” said award-winning Singapore coach Jita Singh, who is in Doha for the tournament.