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Friday 9 December 2016

Controversial referee handed Euro final job

The Turkish referee took charge of Ireland's Euro 2012 group clash with Italy, where he sent off Irish midfielder Keith Andrews (above).
The Turkish referee took charge of Ireland's Euro 2012 group clash with Italy, where he sent off Irish midfielder Keith Andrews (above).

UEFA have chosen controversial referee Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey to referee the Champions League final.

UEFA says Cakir will officiate the Barcelona v Juventus match at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on June 6.

Two years ago, Cakir drew criticism when he sent off Manchester United winger Nani in a Champions League last-16 loss against Real Madrid.

However, UEFA defended his decision at the time and the official built his reputation at a successful World Cup. FIFA selected him to handle the Argentina v Netherlands semi-final in Brazil.

The Turkish official also took charge of Ireland's Euro 2012 group clash with Italy, where he sent off Irish midfielder Keith Andrews (above).

UEFA also named 44-year-old English referee Martin Atkinson to work the Europa League final.

Defending champion Sevilla will face Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at the National Stadium in Warsaw on May 27.

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