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Referee who has sent off three England players will officiate World Cup semi-final

A referee with a history of sending off England players will oversee their attempt to reach their first World Cup final for 52 years.

Cuneyt Cakir, who has shown red cards to John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Gary Cahill, has been placed in charge of the country’s semi-final against Croatia.

The vastly-experienced Turk is also the referee who made the highly-controversial decision to send off Nani in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final Champions League match in charge of Manchester United.

The three red cards shown by Cakir to England players all came in 2012. The first caused Terry to miss Chelsea’s Champions League final, although the club’s then captain only had himself to blame after inexplicably driving a knee into Alexis Sanchez in the second leg of their epic semi-final win over Barcelona.

Cakir then dismissed Gerrard for the first time in his England career in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, showing the captain two yellow cards

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