Euro 2020: Bjorn Kuipers to become first Dutch referee for Euro final

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Bjorn Kuipers
Bjorn Kuipers

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will be the official referee at the 2020 European Championship final between England and Italy on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

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At the Euro 2020, Kuipers was a referee in two group stage matches – Denmark vs Belgium and Slovakia vs Spain and the quarter-final between the Czech Republic and Denmark.

Kuipers made his professional refereeing debut in 2002. He started officiating in Dutch leagues. In 2006, he became an international referee. Kuipers has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2006 and a UEFA Elite group referee since 2009.

The Euro 2020 final will be his seventh UEFA competition final appearance. He has previously officiated two Europe League finals and one Champions League final. The 48-year-old was also part of the referees’ team at Euro 2012 and 2016 and the last two World Cups. Kuipers also served as the fourth official for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final.

When asked about his plans after the Euros 2020, Kuipers said:

“I’ll see, I still feel very fit. I’ll let my decision mainly depend on feeling. How things are going at home, how the European Championship will unfold. After the European Championships, I will go on holiday and then see what choices and possibilities present themselves.”

Euro 2020 Final Officials

Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Assistants: Sander van Roekel, Erwin Zeinstra (both Netherlands)

Fourth official: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain)

Reserve Assistant Referee: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)

Video Assistant Referee: Bastian Dankert (Germany)

VAR Assistants: Pol van Boekel (Netherlands), Christian Gittelmann, Marco Fritz (Germany)

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