|Cuneyt Çakır (TUR) (c) ZIMBIO|
According to an online newspaper, the Turkish ELITE referee Cuneyt Çakır has been nominated by UEFA to be in charge of a Champions League semifinal. Contrary to it - however - it will not be a match next week.
He will probably assisted by Bahattin Duran, Tarik Ongun (Assistant Referees), Hüseyin Göcek, Bülent Yildirim (Additional Assistant Referees) and Fırat Aydınus (Fourth Official).
His prior UEFA club matches in this season were (in CL) Villarreal CF - Bayern München, ManU - Benfica, Real Madrid - Olympique Lyon and the round of 16 match between Olympique Marseille and Internazionale. In 2012, he has also overseen two EL matches, after the round of 32 match between FC Porto and ManCity, he refereed Athletic Bilbao - ManU.
Çakır, who was promoted to UEFA Elite Group at the start of this season, has taken an enormous development in UEFA competitions. His performances at UEFA U21 EURO 2009 in Sweden, in his first EL semifinal between Fulham and Hamburger SV and in many other clashes like Germany - Netherlands or in Champions League top matches like ManU - Benfica or Real Madrid - Olympique Lyon were also observed by the world federation FIFA which invited the 35 year-old for 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup in Colombia. Furthermore, he is one of the 19 UEFA officials who are on FIFA's Prospective List of Referees for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.