Euro 2016: Clement Turpin to referee Austria v Hungary

French referee Clement Turpin will take charge of the Euro 2016 encounter between Austria and Hungary, with Turkey’s Cuneyt Cakir in the middle for Portugal against Iceland in the other Group F match.

Clement Turpin watches on (Southampton v FC Midtjylland - 20th August 2015)
Novice: Turpin is the youngest of the 18 referees at the tournament at 34 years and a month old (Picture from BT Sport)

FRENCH referee Clement Turpin will take charge of his first Euro 2016 match on home soil on the fifth matchday.

The 34-year-old, from Montceau-les-Mines, will be in the middle for Austria against Hungary as Group F gets up and running on Tuesday, June 14, at the Stade de Bordeaux (KO 17:00 BST).

He will be assisted by compatriots Frédéric Cano and Cyril Gringore – who has replaced the injured Nicolas Danos – and additional assistants Benoit Bastien and Fredy Fautrel.

Spain’s Jesus Gil Manzano is the fourth official and his fellow countryman Roberto Alonso is the reserve official.

As well as being the youngest referee at the tournament, Turpin is the most inexperienced having only officiated 48 international games and six in the Champions League.

His only other tournament experience came last summer when he oversaw two matches as referee at the Uefa Under-21 European Championship finals in the Czech Republic.

He will, however, be one of 15 referees who will take charge of matches at the men’s Olympic football tournament in Rio in August.

The Oulins-born official, who is also a Refereeing Regional Manager, took up the whistle in 2005 and became the youngest-ever Ligue 1 referee four years later.

He then joined the Fifa list in 2010 and was promoted to the Uefa Elite Category before the start of the 2015-16 season.

Turpin handled three Champions League group games and three Europa League matches – including Liverpool’s 1-0 second-leg win over Augsburg in the last 32 – last term.


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Cuneyt Cakir referee (Slovenia v Ukraine - 17th November 2015)
In the middle: Cakir oversaw six Euro 2016 qualifiers including games involving England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (Picture from Sky Sports)

EXPERIENCED Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir has been appointed to Portugal’s Group F opener against Iceland in Saint-Etienne on Tuesday.

The insurance agent, who turns 40 in November, will take charge of his first match at the tournament at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (KO 20:00 BST, live on BBC One).

He will be ably assisted by fellow countrymen Bahattin Duran and Tarik Ongun, with Hüseyin Göçek and Barış Şimşek the additional assistants.

Spain’s Carlos del Cerro Grande will be the fourth official for his second game of the tournament, while compatriot Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez is the reserve assistant.

Cakir made history last season when he became the first referee to handle consecutive Champions League semi-finals in the same campaign.

He was the first Turkish whistler to oversee the Champions League Final, receiving the honour in 2015 as Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 in Berlin – a year after being the fourth official for the 2014 showpiece.

Like Turpin, Cakir will also be officiating at the Olympic men’s football tournament in Rio later this summer, alongside his regular assistants Duran and Ongun.

The Istanbul-based official is taking part in his third successive major international tournament.

He handled three games at Euro 2012, including Portugal’s semi-final defeat to Spain on penalties in which he booked nine players, and was the fourth official to Pedro Proenca for the Kiev final.

Cakir also refereed three matches at the World Cup in Brazil two years ago, culminating in another excellent semi-final showing in Argentina’s win over Holland on penalties.

He was also in charge of 2012 Fifa Club World Cup Final, controversially sending off Chelsea’s Gary Cahill in their 1-0 defeat to Corinthians in Yokohama, Japan.

Cakir first made his Uefa debut in 2003 and became an Elite Category official – allowing him to officiate regularly in the Champions League proper – in 2011.

Cuneyt Cakir prepares to blow whistle (CL Final - 6th June 2015)
Regard: Cakir is always considered for high-profile games and is a contender to officiate the Euro 2016 Final (Picture from Sky Sports)

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