• MOR vs IRN: TURKISH REFEREE CAKIR TO OFFICIATE MOROCCO-IRAN MATCH

    (Sputnik) - A team of Turkish referees led by Cuneyt Cakir will officiate the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Iran and Morocco, the Iranian team said via their official Twitter account on Wednesday.

    Cakir, who officiated three matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, will be assisted by Bahattin Duran and Tarik Ongun.

    Iran will face Morocco at the 67,000-seater St. Petersburg Stadium on Friday. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. Moscow time (15:00 GMT).

    On Tuesday, FIFA announced that Argentine referee Nestor Pitana would take charge of Thursday's opening match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

    Iran and Morocco have been drawn in Group B along with 2010 World Cup champions Spain and Euro 2016 winners Portugal.

    Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup starts on Thursday and will last until July 15.

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