ENGLISH referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of his second match at Euro 2016 when Czech Republic face Croatia on Friday.
The 40-year-old Premier League whistler put in one of the best refereeing displays of the tournament so far during Italy’s 2-0 win over Belgium in Lyon on Tuesday night.
His confident performance must have impressed the Uefa Referees Committee, who has quickly appointed last season’s FA Cup Final and Champions League Final referee to another game.
Clattenburg will be in the middle for the Group D clash in Saint-Etienne as Croatia, who beat Turkey 1-0 in their opener, seek to seal their place in the knockout phase with victory against the Czechs, who lost 1-0 to Spain on Monday.
He will be assisted at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard by regular assistants Simon Beck and Jake Collin, and additional assistants Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner.
Greece’s Tasos Sidiropoulos will act as both the fourth official and reserve assistant.
Clattenburg is taking part in his first major international tournament as a referee and, after a successful domestic and European campaign, could be among the contenders to oversee the July 10 final at the Stade de France.
The Newcastle-based official handled 30 Premier League games last term before catching the eye in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup showpiece and Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid on penalties in Milan.
He has also officiated the 2012 Olympic Games men’s football final at Wembley, the 2012 League Cup Final, 2013 Community Shield and 2014 Uefa Super Cup.
The game will kick off at 17:00 BST and is live on BBC One.
Meanwhile, Viktor Kassai will be in the middle for Italy’s Group E encounter with Sweden in Toulouse on Friday.
The Hungarian will take charge as Antonio Conte’s men look to effectively seal their passage to the last 16 against the Swedes at the Stadium Municipal (KO 14:00 BST, live on ITV).
Kassai was appointed to the tournament opener last Friday and performed well in France’s 2-1 win over Romania, for whom he correctly awarded a second-half penalty in Saint-Denis.
It was a steady display from the 40-year-old, booking only four players and keeping control of an entertaining game.
He will again be assisted by Gyorgy Ring and Vencel Toth, while Tamas Bognar and Adam Farkas, also of Hungary, are the additional assistants.
France’s Clement Turpin is the fourth official, with compatriot Nicolas Danos acting as the reserve assistant.
But he was sent home after the group stages at Euro 2012 for failing to award Ukraine a goal against England when Marko Devic’s effort had crossed the line.
The printing sales manager from Tatabanya, who was a fourth official at Euro 2008, has never handled an Italy international before but encountered Sweden in a 2-0 friendly win over Austria in 2009.
Elsewhere, Milorad Mazic of Serbia has been confirmed as the referee for Friday’s other Group D game between Spain and Turkey in Nice (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV).
The 43-year-old kept a firm grip on proceedings in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Sweden at the Stade de France on Monday.
And he has now received his second match in three days, with holders Spain hoping to make the last 16 with a win against the Turks, who are still looking for their first points.
Mazic will be assisted at the Stade de Nice by fellow countrymen Milovan Ristić and Dalibor Djurdjević, and additional assistants Danilo Grujić and Nenad Djokić.
Aleksei Kulbakov has been assigned to fourth official duties, while Vitali Malyutin, also of Belarus, will be on standby as the reserve assistant.
Mazic was voted the worst referee at the 2014 World Cup in a poll after his controversial displays in Germany’s 4-0 win over Portugal and Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Iran during the group stages – his only previous matches at major tournaments.
The Yugoslavia-based whistler, who has been on the Fifa list since 2009, has handled three Europa League semi-final ties and several Champions League knockout games – some involving British sides.
He oversaw Spain’s 1-0 win in Ukraine during qualification but has not taken charge of a Turkey international since their 2-1 friendly victory over Denmark in 2014.
Spain began their quest for a record third successive European Championship success with a last-gasp 1-0 win over Czech Republic, while Turkey lost 1-0 to Croatia in their opener at the Parc des Princes in Paris last Sunday.