(AFP) – Jun 23, 2008
VIENNA (AFP) — Italian Roberto Rosetti will take charge of the Euro-2008 final on Sunday, UEFA announced on Monday, becoming the first referee from his country since Pierluigi Collina's retirement in 2005 to referee a major final.
The 40-year-old hospital director has already taken charge of the Croatia v Turkey quarter-final and the opening match of the tournament, co-hosts Switzerland against Czech Republic.
He has been a FIFA referee since 2002 and officialised at the 2006 World Cup finals.
"Refereeing, is a huge part of my life, it is my passion," said Rosetti.
"To be in charge of a major final, is a huge moment in my life."
Yvan Cornu, UEFA head of referees during the tournament, said that Rosetti had impressed him immensely.
"His performance in the quarter-finals was impressive," said Cornu.
"It is because of that reason he has been appointed to referee the final."
Wednesday's Germany v Turkey semi-final in Basel, Switzerland, will be overseen by Swiss referee Massimo Busacca, while Thursday's second semi-final between Spain and Russia, in Vienna, has been given to Belgium's Frank De Bleeckere.
"The choice of the three referees (and their linesmen, who all come from their respective countries) didn't take a lot of discussion," admitted Cornu.
"They were natural choices."
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