Who is referee Cuneyt Cakır and what games is he taking charge of at the 2018 World Cup?

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THERE are 99 officials on duty in Russia this summer – but no representative from Britain.

Turkey’s team won’t be at the finals either, but their referee representative will be a familiar face for football fans around Europe.

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 Cakir famously sent off Nani in the Champions League
Cakir famously sent off Nani in the Champions League

Cuneyt Cakir has sent of various Premier League players in Europe over the last decade, including Nani, John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Gary Cahill.

Who is Cuneyt Cakır?

A MEMBER of Uefa’s Elite group of referees, Cakir is a no-nonsense whistler renowned for being a strict enforcer.

Born in 1976, he has taken charge of more than 170 Super Lig games – including five meetings between notorious rivals Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.

He has reffed in European competition since 2006 and first appeared on the international scene in 2010.

 The disciplinarian will happily dish out cards
The disciplinarian will happily dish out cards

In 2012 he was appointed as fourth official in the Euro 2012 final, between Spain and Italy, and three years later took charge of the Champions League final.

Cakir famously sent off Keith Andrews at Euro 2012 after insisting that the Irishman move back an extra couple of inches in his defensive wall.

And shortly after he was at it again, dismissing Gerrard in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

 Gerrard receives his marching orders at Wembley in 2012
Gerrard receives his marching orders at Wembley in 2012

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What games is he taking charge of in the World Cup?

THIS will be confirmed at a later date.

Turkey haven’t qualified for the finals so there is free reign for Cakir to manage any game given to him.

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