Carballo and Eriksson to ref England and Wales final group games

Spain’s Carlos Velasco Carballo will referee England’s Group B encounter with Slovakia while Swedish official Jonas Eriksson will be at the helm for Wales against Russia.

Carlos Velasco Carballo
Career highlights: Carballo handled the 2011 Europa League Final, the first game of Euro 2012 and a 2014 World Cup quarter-final (Picture from BBC Sport)

SPANISH referee Carlos Velasco Carballo has been appointed to oversee England’s final Group B match against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne.

The 45-year-old will take charge of a key game for the Three Lions against a Slovakia side also bidding to reach the last 16 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV).

He will be assisted by fellow countrymen Roberto Alonso Fernandez and Juan Carlos Yuste Jiminez, with Jesus Gil Manzano and Carlos del Cerro Grande acting as additional assistants.

Italy’s Antonio Damato will be the fourth official, while compatriot Elenito Di Liberatore is on standby as the reserve assistant.

Carballo last encountered England at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when he issued two yellow cards during the damaging 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in their second group match.

It will be the first time he oversees an international game involving Slovakia.

The industrial engineer dished out six bookings and sent off Albania captain Lorik Cana in the first half of their 1-0 defeat by Switzerland in his first Euro 2016 match on June 11.

Madrid-based Carballo will retire from active duty on both the domestic and international stage after the tournament after 12 years in La Liga and eight years as a Fifa referee.

England drew 1-1 with Russia in their opener in Marseille before the last-gasp 2-1 win over Wales in Lens on Thursday.

Jonas Eriksson referee (Liverpool v Sevilla EL Final - 18th May 2016)
Taking control: Eriksson was the referee for Sevilla’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the 2016 Europa League Final in Basel (Picture from BT Sport)

Elsewhere, Sweden’s Jonas Eriksson will be in the middle for the other Group B game on Monday when Wales face Russia in Toulouse.

The 42-year-old has been tasked with keeping the peace as Chris Coleman’s side seek a positive result against the Russians to book their place in the knockout stages (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV4).

The salesman will be ably assisted at the Stadium Municipal by fellow countrymen Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Warnmark, and additional assistants Stefan Johannesson and Markus Strombergsson.

Italy’s Daniele Orsato will act as the fourth official, with compatriot Mauro Tonolini on standby as the reserve assistant.

Eriksson – a multi-millionaire from Sigtuna – was largely steady and solid in his first game of the tournament in Croatia’s 1-0 win over Turkey in Group D on June 12, in which he issued four yellow cards.

The Lulea-born whistler refereed the 2013 Uefa Super Cup and last season’s Europa League Final.

He also handled three games at the 2014 World Cup and was the fourth official for the 2015 Champions League Final.

His last Wales match was their 1-0 defeat by Bulgaria in October 2010 during qualification for Euro 2012.

During the tournament four years ago, Eriksson endured a difficult game in Greece’s decisive 1-0 win over Russia in the group stages – booking six players, including one for diving, and ignoring several penalty appeals.

Wales, who beat Slovakia 2-1 in their opener, need to respond from the heartbreak of losing to Daniel Sturridge’s late goal against England last Thursday if they are to prolong their first tournament appearance since the 1958 World Cup.

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