Uruguayan Cunha to referee France vs Belgium semifinal

Cunha has already officiated at two group stage matches at the tournament - France's victory over Australia and Spain's defeat of Iran.

Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha (R) speaks with Iran's midfielder Ehsan Haji Safi during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Iran and Spain at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 20, 2018.   -  AFP

Uruguayan Andres Cunha will referee the World Cup semifinal between France and Belgium at the St Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday evening, FIFA said on Monday.

Cunha has already officiated at two group stage matches at the tournament - France's victory over Australia and Spain's defeat of Iran.

The 41-year-old gave France a penalty in the 2-1 win over Australia, the first time a spot kick had been awarded at a World Cup after reference to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Cunha, who will be assisted on the touchline by compatriots Nicolas Taran and Mauricio Espinoza, booked three Australians, two Iranians and one Frenchman over his first two matches.

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