Italy-Switzerland, the Russian Karasev referees

Italy-Switzerland, the Russian Karasev referees
Italy-Switzerland, the Russian Karasev referees

UEFA has announced the Italy-Switzerland referee scheduled for Wednesday 16 June at 9 pm at the Olympic stadium in Rome. It is about Russian Sergej Karasev, a 42-year-old Moscow lawyer with a passion for metal music, included in the Fifa list since 2010, an arbitration at the last World Cup, two at Euro 2016 and 24 in the Champions League (among them Naples-Marseille, Rome-Leverkusen, Naples-Besiktas , Juventus-Young Boys and Atalanta-Dinamo Zagreb).

He is considered a match director with an easy card: in the Granada-Napoli of the Europa League last February he booked 10 players. Karasev, at the center of a recent controversy in England for failing to kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign before the Champions League round of 16 match at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium between City and Borussia Mönchengladbach, will be assisted by fellow countrymen Igor Demeshko and Maksim Gavrilin. The fourth official will be the English Michael Oliver, the Var the German Bastian Dankert, the assistants at the Var the Germans Marco Fritz and Chrisian Gittelmann and the Pole Pawel Gil.

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