Italian referee to referee England v Portugal friendly

Marco Guida has replaced fellow Italian Daniele Orsato as the referee for England’s final Euro 2016 warm-up game against Portugal at Wembley.

Wembley Stadium (interior - 8th May 2015)
Experience: Guida will make his first trip to England’s national stadium as a match official

ITALIAN referee Marco Guida has been confirmed as the referee for England’s friendly with Portugal at Wembley next week. 

The game was originally due to be officiated by his fellow countryman Daniele Orsato, who has since been called up to Nicola Rizzoli’s team of officials for Euro 2016 because of an injury.

Instead, Guida – who turns 35 on June 7 – will take charge of his first Three Lions international on Thursday, June 2 (KO 19:45 BST, live on ITV).

He will still lead an all-Italian line-up of officials consisting of Alessandro Costanzo, Matteo Passeri and fourth official Davide Massa.

Guida issued 92 yellow cards and sent off six players in 17 games in Serie A during the 2015-16 season – his fifth in Italy’s top-flight.

He was also in charge of AC Milan’s 5-0 win over Alessandria in the Coppa Italia semi-finals on March 1.

Guida may be remembered by Scottish football fans as the referee for Aberdeen’s 2-2 draw with Croatian outfit HNK Rijeka, booking three players in the Europa League second qualifying round second leg at Pittodrie last July.

England’s 3-2 friendly win over Germany in Berlin in March was also officiated by an Italian referee in Gianluca Rocchi, who missed out on being Italy’s representative at Euro 2016 to 2014 World Cup Final whistler Rizzoli.

It will be England’s final warm-up match before the European Championships begin in earnest in France from June 10 and takes place after boss Roy Hodgson submits his 23-man squad for the tournament.

The Three Lions beat Turkey 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium in a game refereed by Germany’s Deniz Aytekin before Dutch official Danny Makkelie handled their 2-1 success against Australia at the Stadium of Light on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Scottish referee Kevin Clancy will take charge of the friendly between Norway and Iceland in Oslo on Wednesday, June 1, with the assistance of Alan Mulvanny and Stuart Stevenson.

Maltese referee Alan Mario Sant will be in the middle for Scotland’s game with Antonio Conte’s Euro 2016-bound Italy in Ta’Qali, Malta on May 29 (KO 19:45 BST).

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