The UEFA Referees Committee today announced the referee for the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League final between Club Atlético de Madrid and Athletic Club to be played at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania, on Wednesday 09 May, kicking-off at 20.45 CET.
The match will be handled by 42-year-old German referee Wolfgang Stark, who has been a German Football Association referee since 1994 and took charge of 53 matches in the 2. Bundesliga before
stepping up to the top flight in 1997. He has been an international referee since 1999 and has officiated in a total of 89 UEFA matches in his refereeing career.
Wolfgang Stark has handled 18 UEFA Europa League matches to-date, two of which were this season, the Round of 32 second leg between Manchester City FC and FC Porto (4-0) and the quarter-final first leg between Sporting Clube de Portugal and FC Metalist Kharkiv (2-1).
He has furthermore handled 52 UEFA Champions League matches since 2001.
At the final in Bucharest, Wolfgang Stark will be assisted by his fellow countrymen Jan-Hendrik Salver and Mike Pickel. The 4th Official will be Stéphane Lannoy of France and the two additional assistant referees, Florian Meyer and Deniz Aytekin, both from Germany. A German reserve assistant referee – Mark Borsch - completes the line-up of the refereeing team.
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