Pitana’s path from movie further to World Cup last referee
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Argentine Nestor Pitana’s roundabout path to changing into a World Cup last referee has taken in work as a movie further and as a safety guard at a disco in addition to a spell enjoying basketball at regional stage.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Soccer – World Cup – Quarter Closing – Uruguay vs France – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – July 6, 2018 Referee Nestor Pitana speaks to Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and France’s Kylian Mbappe REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Picture
The 43-year-old from the small sub-tropical province of Misiones will turn out to be the second referee after compatriot Horacio Elizondo to officiate at each the opening match and last after being picked for Sunday’s match between France and Croatia.
At 1.92 meters tall (6ft 3in), Pitana is a bodily imposing determine who, having realized his commerce within the cut-and-thrust world of Argentine home soccer, doesn’t take to being bullied by indignant gamers.
“Pitana is as strong as a rock,” Pierluigi Collina, the pinnacle of FIFA’s refereeing committee, instructed Argentine media firstly of the event.
“He won’t allow himself to be taken in by the players’ protests and demands.”
In line with the statistics on web site Transfermarkt, Pitana has refereed 347 skilled video games, proven 1,658 yellow playing cards and 108 crimson playing cards and awarded 81 penalties since his debut in 2007.
Like every referee, he has not prevented being caught up in controversy.
In a league match in April, he didn’t see the Estudiantes goalkeeper had been unable to maintain the ball in play whereas attempting to stop a nook and seconds later awarded Chacarita a penalty.
“If I had been playing, the match probably would not have finished,” stated livid Estudiantes president Juan Veron after his facet’s 2-Zero defeat.
Pitana can be remembered for his half in a Superclasico derby in 2014 when River Plate scored a late winner from a nook that Boca Juniors claimed shouldn’t have been given.
Having performed basketball and soccer at regional stage, Pitana took up refereeing and likewise studied bodily training.
He additionally took on odd jobs which included a minor appearing position as a jail guard within the 1997 Argentine movie “La Furia” in addition to working as a lifeguard and a safety guard at a disco.
He made his refereeing debut within the high flight of Argentine soccer in 2007, grew to become a world referee three years later and officiated at 4 matches on the final World Cup in Brazil.
“For any kid who loves football, the dream is to get to the World Cup final,” he instructed FIFA’s web site.
“This team have worked so hard to get where we are, we’ve managed one of the greatest achievements in the world of refereeing. And now we want to finish the job, in the best way possible.”
Writing by Brian Homewood, enhancing by Brian Homewood