The UEFA Referees Committee today announced the referee for the 2014 UEFA Europa League final between Sevilla FC and SL Benfica at Turin's Juventus Stadium next Wednesday at 20.45CET.
The match will be handled by 38-year-old German referee Felix Brych, a FIFA badge holder since 2007 with 50 matches in UEFA competition to his name. He was a fourth official for last season's UEFA Europa League showpiece in Amsterdam and has officiated at six UEFA Champions League games this term, including the quarter-final first leg between FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid.
A financial lawyer in his home city of Munich, Brych began refereeing in Germany's amateur leagues in 1999, stepping up to the 2. Bundesliga two years later and reaching the top flight in 2004. He was given his first assignments in UEFA club competition in 2007/08, and his group stage debut as a UEFA Champions League referee the following season. He oversaw two matches at the 2012 Olympic Games in London having taken charge of the Cypriot Cup final that May.
Brych will be assisted by his fellow countrymen Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp. The fourth official is Milorad Mažić from Serbia and the two additional assistant referees, Tobias Welz and Bastian Dankert, are both from Germany. A German reserve assistant referee – Thorsten Schiffner – completes the refereeing team lineup.
Last year's final referee, Dutchman Björn Kuipers, has been handed the whistle for the UEFA Champions League final on 24 May.
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