Wilton Sampaio, the Brazilian referee who was closely condemned for his efficiency in England’s World Cup exit to France, has been saved on on the event and will officiate the ultimate in Qatar. 

FIFA’s determination means Sampaio might remarkably take cost of the ultimate this Sunday, regardless of a bunch of controversial selections in England’s 2-1 loss to France. 

Anthony Taylor additionally stays in competition to referee the World Cup last after surviving FIFA’s last spherical of cuts.  

Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio could referee the final in Qatar after being kept on by FIFA

Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio might referee the ultimate in Qatar after being saved on by FIFA

He failed to give Harry Kane a first-half penalty for a challenge by France's Dayot Upamecano

He failed to provide Harry Kane a first-half penalty for a problem by France’s Dayot Upamecano

Bukayo Saka was fouled in the build-up to France's opener during the quarter-final clash

Bukayo Saka was fouled within the build-up to France’s opener in the course of the quarter-final conflict

There have been 36 referees at first of the event, together with the Premier League’s two representatives in Taylor and Michael Oliver. That quantity is now all the way down to 12 because the World Cup enters its last week, with Oliver among the many unfortunate ones having been despatched residence from Qatar.

FIFA sources confirmed their last 12 to Sportsmail on Monday morning and the record consists of Taylor, the 44-year-old from Wythenshawe, Manchester. Additionally retained is Sampaio – the Brazilian referee who was criticised for the half he performed in England exiting the competitors on Saturday evening.

Although he awarded two penalties to England in opposition to France – one by way of a VAR suggestion – Sampaio was criticised for his inconsistency.

England felt there was a foul on Bukayo Saka by Dayot Upamecano within the build-up to France’s opener by Aurelien Tchouameni. Gareth Southgate’s aspect have been additionally amazed {that a} problem by Upamecano on Harry Kane didn’t lead to a penalty, or perhaps a free-kick if outdoors of the field.

England centre again Harry Maguire described Sampaio as ‘very poor’, including: ‘He by no means gave us something.’ Sampaio might now referee the ultimate with Brazil having been knocked out of the World Cup.

Harry Maguire (left) described Sampaio's refereeing performance as 'very poor'

Harry Maguire (left) described Sampaio’s refereeing efficiency as ‘very poor’

Oliver, arguably the Premier League’s greatest referee, will probably be disenchanted to be heading residence. The 37-year-old from Ashington, Northumberland oversaw three World Cup video games – Costa Rica 1-0 Japan, Mexico 2-1 Saudi Arabia and Croatia 1-1 Brazil – and was praised for his performances.

Taylor has overseen two video games, each within the group levels – Ghana’s 3-2 win over South Korea and Croatia’s 0-0 draw with Belgium. His assistants, Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, additionally stay in Qatar.

Danny Makkelie is one other one of many 12 referees retained.

That comes after Sportsmail beforehand revealed that FIFA had privately instructed the Dutchman he was proper to penalise Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for his hand within the face on Argentina’s Lionel Messi, regardless of supporters branding it one of many worst selections in World Cup historical past.

The three feminine referees who have been breaking new floor – Stephanie Frappart of France, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan – haven’t made FIFA’s last record of 12.

Sampaio could referee the final after his native Brazil were knocked out of the tournament

Sampaio might referee the ultimate after his native Brazil have been knocked out of the event

Anthony Taylor is also in contention to take charge of the final after England's World Cup exit

Michael Oliver has been sent home despite being praised for his performances in Qatar

Anthony Taylor (left) has stayed in Qatar however fellow Premier League ref Michael Oliver has not

Maguire was simply considered one of many who criticised Sampaio’s show on the weekend, with gamers, pundits and followers all closely crucial over his decision-making.  

The 12 retained referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT)

Muhammad Abdulla Hassan Muhammad (UAE)

Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)

Cesar Ramos (MEX)

Ismail Elfath (USA)

Raphael Claus (BRA)

Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)


Jude Bellingham, when giving his verdict on Sampaio’s efficiency stated: ‘Not nice, if I’m being sincere, not nice. Anybody can have a nasty recreation – gamers and referees – however I feel he wasn’t the place he ought to have been when it comes to the extent for a recreation like this.’ 

ITV pundit Gary Neville additionally described Sampaio’s efficiency as a ‘shocker’ in his post-match feedback.

He stated:  ‘The referee I feel might have been higher, I believed he was terrible’, he stated. ‘That’s not me blaming the referee for England going out, I simply thought he was terrible.

‘We have been sat within the nook the place the penalty was with Kane within the first half, there have been three or 4 fouls in that space of the contact first half and I believed, how’s that not been given a foul? It was bizarre.’

‘Even the penalty given in opposition to [Theo] Hernandez wasn’t given on the pitch, Neville continued. ‘And don’t overthink that, it was a blatant foul.

‘It’s a double mistake – the total again has misplaced his man after which barges him within the again. You see defenders ease gamers out – this wasn’t that, it was a barge at the back of a participant. The referee was so unhealthy. The primary aim was harsh.’

It wasn’t the primary recreation that Sampaio got here beneath scrutiny in Qatar after he gave Saudi Arabia a controversial penalty of their 2-0 defeat to Poland. 

He used the pitchside monitor to penalise a problem by Poland’s Krystian Bielik on Saudi ahead Saleh Al-Shehri, regardless of minimal contact proven on the replays.

On the final World Cup in Russia, he was a part of the refereeing workforce that helped introduce VAR to the event.

His two different video games on the 2022 event have been each victories for Holland – in opposition to Senegal and the US.