Swedish referee for Scotland v England friendly

SWEDISH referee and multi-millionaire Jonas Eriksson will take charge of Tuesday’s international friendly between Scotland and England at Celtic Park.

Laid-back: Multi-millionaire Eriksson is known for a relative calm officiating style but can often resort to using his cards (Picture from Zimbio.com)
Laid-back: Multi-millionaire Eriksson is known for a relative calm officiating style but can often resort to using his cards (Picture from Zimbio.com)

SWEDISH referee Jonas Eriksson will take charge of Tuesday’s friendly between Scotland and England at Celtic Park.

The 40-year-old will oversee proceedings for what is expected to be another highly-charged encounter in Glasgow between the two British rivals, who also met at Wembley last year.

He will be assisted at the home of the Scottish champions by fellow countrymen Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Warnmark while the fourth official will be Michael Lerjeus.

The 20:00 GMT kick-off will be televised live on both ITV (coverage starting at 19:30) and Sky Sports 5 (coverage commencing at 19:00).

Eriksson, who was at the helm for Northern Ireland’s 2-0 defeat in Romania last Friday, has regularly officiated in the Swedish Allsvenskan since 2000 and became a Fifa referee two years later.

He was made a Uefa Elite Category official in 2009 and has subsequently handled a number of Champions League and Europa League matches involving English teams.

In August 2013, Eriksson was the man in black for the Super Cup clash in Monaco as Bayern Munich overcame Chelsea, who had Ramires sent off, on penalties following a 2-2 draw.

Last term, the appointment of the Sigtuna-based whistler for the Champions League last-16 first leg between Manchester City and Barcelona was criticised by City boss Manuel Pellegrini after his side’s 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

Eriksson sent off City defender Martin Demichelis and awarded Barca a second-half penalty for a professional foul on Lionel Messi, which appeared to take place outside the box.

He then went on to take control of Bayern Munich’s quarter-final second leg victory over Manchester United at the Allianz Arena and Chelsea’s goalless draw with Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon in the first leg of their semi-final.

This term, the TV agent was in charge of Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat in Basel in the Champions League group stages.

Eriksson, who is a multi-milllionaire after selling off shares in a Swedish media rights business, has plenty of international experience having been selected to officiate at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

During the summer, he received two refereeing appointments which passed without incident – the USA’s 2-1 group-stage win over Ghana and Argentina’s last-gasp victory over Switzerland in extra-time in the round of 16.

Eriksson has never taken charge of a Scotland international and was last involved in an England game in their 1-1 draw with Montenegro during World Cup qualification in March 2013.

The rivalry between England and Scotland is the oldest in international football with the first of 111 meetings to date taking place back in November 1872.

As part of the English FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations, a friendly was arranged for August 2013 as the sided clashed for the first time in 14 years.

Rickie Lambert scored the winner as a substitute on his England debut as Roy Hodgson’s side beat the so-called ‘Auld Enemy’ 3-2 although Gordon Strachan’s Tartan Army had twice led through goals by James Morrison and Kenny Miller.

The match officials on that night each represented the four countries in which the four English World Cup Final representatives refereed the showpiece event – with Germany’s Felix Brych the man in the middle.

Scotland earned a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Friday while, a day later, England saw off Slovenia 3-1 to boost their chances of qualification for Euro 2016.

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