England’s blunder ref Wilton Sampaio could take charge of World Cup FINAL despite shocking France display

BLUNDERING Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio could be in charge of the World Cup FINAL.

The 40-year-old sparked outrage for his performance in England’s quarter-final defeat to France.

Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio, who was in charge of England’s defeat to France, could take charge of the World Cup finalPA

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Sampaio has been RETAINED by Fifa for the final week of the tournament with Brazil knocked out, according to The Telegraph.

That means he could take charge of the final on Sunday.

There are just two semi-finals, Argentina vs Croatia and France vs Morocco, plus the third-place play-off and the final left to play.

Sampaio is still in Qatar alongside Premier League ref Anthony Taylor, but Michael Oliver has been sent home.

The Brazilian ref denied Harry Kane a first-half penalty on Saturday, despite the England skipper clearly being tripped by French defender Dayot Upamecano.

Upamecano then appeared to foul Bukayo Saka in the build up to France’s opening goal.

He did give England a penalty when Saka was fouled by Aurelien Tchouameni, but needed the help of VAR to spot a blatant shove on Mason Mount by Theo Hernandez for the second spot-kick.

After nestling his first penalty into the back of the net, Kane skied his second effort over the bar.


Pranksters changed Sampaio’s Wikipedia page after his display on Saturday night.

While former England defender Gary Neville labelled the ref a “joke”.

He said on ITV: “The referee had a nightmare game, an absolute joke of a referee.

“I’m not saying that was all down to England’s defeat because that’s making excuses, he was just a bad referee, rank bad.”

And Three Lions defender Harry Maguire said: “I can’t really explain his performance, the amount of decisions he got wrong was actually incredible. Really poor.”

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