POLISH referee Szymon Marciniak will make history as the first man from his country to take charge of a World Cup final.
But he is the official who infuriated former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after the club’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash against Real Madrid last season.
Marciniak, 41, was the man in charge when the Blues won 3-2 after extra time only to lose 5-4 on aggregate.
And at the end of the game, Tuchel went to shake hands with the ref who was caught laughing with Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Tuchel said: “I think this is very, very bad timing – and I told him that.”
After Alonso’s goal, slow-motion video replays eventually showed clearly that the ball had touched Alonso’s right hand before he lashed it into the net.
Yet Tuchel, clearly angry, said: “When you play against Real Madrid, maybe you don’t expect everyone has the courage. I felt the little decisions in the first leg and today as well.
“I didn’t see the goal but I am super disappointed he didn’t come out and check it on its own.
“You should stay the boss and not give the decisions to someone in a chair and who is isolated.”
Marciniak oversaw France’s group-stage victory over Denmark and Argentina’s last 16 defeat of Australia.
He was in the middle for Liverpool’s first-leg semi-final victory over Villarreal last season.
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