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Turkish ref Sir Alex had concerns over to take charge of big clash

Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir will take charge of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia tomorrow.

The 41-year-old officiated Barcelona's 2015 Champions League final win over Juventus and oversaw the Holland-Argentina last-four clash in Brazil in 2014.

Cakir refereed Sir Alex Ferguson's last match in the Champions League in 2013, provoking the Scot's anger after sending off Nani for a high tackle in the last-16 defeat to Real Madrid.

Ferguson said it was "hard to keep faith" after the decision.

Prior to the match he had told backroom staff he was concerned Cakir had a tendency to send off players of English-based teams having dismissed seven but never any from teams playing against them. Those players red-carded included John Terry, Gary Cahill and Steven Gerrard.

Cakir has been involved in controversy at this World Cup - Nigeria felt they should have had a penalty in their 2-1 defeat to Argentina, with the incident not reviewed by officials.

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