FIFA confirm Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır will officiate Brazil’s second Group A match against Mexico
FIFA have confirmed Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır will officiate Brazil’s second Group A match against Mexico at the Castelão on Tuesday.
The 37 year-old, who is only the second Turkish referee after Doğan Babacan [Germany 1974] to officiate at a FIFA World Cup, has been handed some notable fixtures in recent years.
Çakır refereed the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final between Corinthians and Chelsea, Spain’s UEFA Euro 2012 Semi-Final victory against Portugal - he was also the fourth official in the Final - and the 2013 UEFA Champions League Second Round, second leg tie involving Manchester United and Real Madrid. He attracted controversy in the latter fixture for his dismissal of Portuguese midfielder Nani.
Çakır has officiated in the Spor Toto Süper Lig since 2001, the UEFA Champions League since 2010 and was FIFA listed in 2006.
The insurance agent will hope to avoid the controversy created by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura, who gave Brazil a dubious penalty in their opening game 3-1 victory against Croatia.
Çakır’s assistants for the Seleção’s tie with Mexico will be Bahattin Duran and Tarık Ongun.