While the referee appointment for the history's fourth final in the form of the UEFA Europa League, which will be played off between Benfica SL and Chelsea FC in Amsterdam ArenA next Wednesday, will be only released on Monday morning, the UEFA officials for this clash have already been made ready.
|Benfica SL and Chelsea FC will strive for the trophy (c) Bet2Win|
Swedish UEFA Referee Committee member Bo Karlsson has thus been assigned as UEFA Referee Observer, whose job is to observe the referees, assess their performances and discuss relevant aspects in briefings with them.
His matches in this season were:
EURO 2012: Greece 1:2 Czech Republic (Stéphane Lannoy, France)
EURO 2012: Denmark 1:2 Germany (Carlos Velasco Carballo, Spain)
EL Play-Offs: Metalist Kharkiv 2:1 Dinamo Bucuresti (Hüseyin Göçek, Turkey)
CL Group Stage: Bayern München 2:1 Valencia CF (Fırat Aydınus, Turkey)
CL Group Stage: Olympiakos 3:1 Montpellier (Marijo Strahonja, Croatia)
CL Group Stage: Nordsjaelland 2:5 Shakhtar (Antony Gautier, France)
EL Round of 32: Olympiakos 0:1 Levante (Matej Jug, Slovenia)
EL Round of 16: Steaua 1:0 Chelsea FC (Sergei Karasev, Russia)
EL Quarterfinals: Newcastle 1:1 Benfica SL (Ivan Bebek, Croatia)
CL Semifinals: FC Barcelona 0:3 Bayern München (Damir Skomina, Slovenia)
Super Cup 2011: FC Barcelona 2:0 FC Porto (Björn Kuipers, Netherlands)
As outlined in the thread concentrating on predictions, Felix Brych and Björn Kuipers can be seen as probable candidates to blow the whistle in this final. Karlsson's presence as observer "allows" both referees, at least on paper. At the same time, it is clear that Damir Skomina of Slovenia will not take charge of the final, as he was observed by him only one week ago.
The UEFA Delegate comes from Finland and is called Pertti Alaja.