Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir to officiate at EURO 2020
UEFA appoints 18 referees including Cakir for this summer's European football championship
Turkish football referee Cuneyt Cakir will officiate at the UEFA EURO 2020, the European football's governing body said on Wednesday.
In a statement, UEFA announced the EURO 2020 referees list as the Referees' Committee appointed 18 referees including 44-year-old Cakir.
Cakir, a veteran, was previously assigned for the UEFA EURO 2012 and EURO 2016 tournaments.
He has been regularly assigned for the UEFA Champions League matches since 2010.
Cakir was the referee of the 2015 Champions League final between Juventus and Barcelona as Barca secured the top-tier trophy, beating Juventus 3-1 in Berlin.
The other EURO 2020 referees are: Felix Brych (Germany), Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain), Andreas Ekberg (Sweden), Orel Grinfeeld (Israel), Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania), Sergei Karasev (Russia), Istvan Kovacs (Romania), Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands), Danny Makkelie (Netherlands), Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain), Michael Oliver (England), Daniele Orsato (Italy), Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (Portugal), Daniel Siebert (Germany), Anthony Taylor (England), Clement Turpin (France), and Slavko Vincic (Slovenia).
These 18 referees will officiate at 51 matches during the EURO 2020.
The EURO 2020 was previously moved to 2021 for health reasons, so that the European football contest will be held from June 11 to July 11.
The tournament's opening match will be between Turkey and Italy on June 11 in Rome's Olympic Stadium.
Twelve cities, Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg, will host the EURO 2020.
The semifinals and final will be held in London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal are the defending champions, winning the EURO 2016 hosted by France.
- Female referee Frappart assigned for EURO duty
Meanwhile, Stephanie Frappart -- a French female referee -- was picked as "support match official for EURO 2020 and will be acting as fourth official," the UEFA said on Twitter.
Frappart, 37, will be the first female referee in a men's European football championship.
She officiated at several UEFA club matches, including the 2019 UEFA Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea.
Liverpool bagged the Super Cup in Istanbul's Vodafone Park Stadium after beating Chelsea 5-4 on penalties.
This season Frappart took charge of one UEFA Champions League and three UEFA Europa League matches.