Mark Halsey column: Bjorn Kuipers would be my pick to referee Euro 2020 final

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With just three games of Euro 2020 left to play, there are many experienced referees that UEFA can choose from to officiate in both the semi-finals and also the final.

It’s a sensational roll call of Europe’s top exponents, including Felix Brych, as Germany are out, Bjorn Kuipers because Holland are out, Cuneyt Cakir as Turkey are out and you’ve got Danny Makkelie because Holland are out.

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Don’t forget too that Spain’s Mateu Lahoz could also be considered but Spain are still in the tournament, so at the moment, if they go all the way, that would rule him out of the final.

He would certainly be one of my favourites next Sunday if Spain were to be knocked out, however, it’s a very difficult choice to make because, as I’ve said, there’s some fantastic referees in the group that remain available.

Former Premier League and FIFA referee Mark Halsey is a columnist for

One of my favourite referees in Europe at the moment is Kuipers. Over many years, in all sorts of tournaments and in the Champions League, he’s been incredibly consistent.

Importantly, he’s very well respected by everybody around the world, and by UEFA, so he would be my pick to take charge of the showpiece in what has been the best European Championship of them all.

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