Euro 2016: Damir Skomina to oversee Switzerland v France

Slovenia’s Damir Skomina will be in the middle for Switzerland against France in Lille and Pavel Kralovec of Czech Republic is in charge of Sunday’s other Group A game Romania v Albania.

Damir Skomina referee
Return to the big stage: Skomina handled three games at Euro 2012 but wasn’t selected for the 2014 World Cup (Picture from BBC Sport)

SLOVENIA referee Damir Skomina will take charge of France’s final Euro 2016 group game against Switzerland on Sunday.

The 39-year-old, from Koper, will handle the host nation’s Group A contest with their fierce rivals in Lille (KO 20:00 BST, live on BBC One).

He will be ably assisted at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy by Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan, and additional assistants Slavko Vincic and Matej Jug.

Germany’s Marco Fritz is the fourth official and fellow countryman Mark Borsch is the reserve official on standby.

Skomina only issued one yellow card and put in a confident performance in Slovakia’s 2-1 win over Russia in Group B on Wednesday – his first game of the tournament.

He was in the middle for Denmark’s 1-0 win over Holland, England’s 3-2 success against Sweden and Germany’s 4-2 quarter-final victory over Greece at the European Championship four years ago.

Didier Deschamps’ France have already secured a last 16 berth after late victories over Romania and Albania, while Switzerland have taken four points from their first two games against the same opponents.

Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic) for Belgium v Wales 16th Nov 2014
Different role: Kralovec was the fourth official for three games at Euro 2012 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, Czech referee Pavel Kralovec will be in charge of the other Group A encounter between Romania and Albania in Lyon.

The 38-year-old has been appointed to his second game of the tournament when the two sides meet at the Olympique Lyonnais (KO 20:00 BST, live on BBC Four).

Kralovec had an eventful match at the same stadium on Thursday during Northern Ireland’s historic 2-0 triumph over Ukraine – his first match at a major international tournament.

He gave out four yellow cards but had to halt proceedings and lead the players off the pitch for two minutes in the second half because of a hail storm.

The engineer, born in Czechoslovakia, has been on the Fifa list for more than a decade.

Kralovec will be assisted by Roman Slyško and Tomáš Mokrusch, and additional assistants Petr Ardeleánu and Michal Paták.

Greece’s Anastasios Sidiropoulos will be the fourth official, with compatriot Damianos Efthymiadis is the reserve assistant.

Romania lost 2-1 to the host nation in the tournament opener before drawing 1-1 with Switzerland, while Albania lost 1-0 to the Swiss with 10 men and conceded two goals late on in their 2-0 defeat by France.

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