Rizzoli to referee UEFA Champions League final

Nicola Rizzoli will referee Saturday's UEFA Champions League final at Wembley between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München, assisted by Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani.

Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli at UEFA EURO 2012
Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli at UEFA EURO 2012 ©Getty Images

Nicola Rizzoli has been named referee for the 2013 UEFA Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München.

The 41-year-old Italian, who has been an international referee since 2007, was selected by the UEFA Referees Committee to oversee Saturday's match at Wembley.

He took charge of the inaugural UEFA Europa League final in 2010 in Hamburg, where Club Atlético de Madrid beat Fulham FC 2-1 in extra time, and also officiated at three matches during UEFA EURO 2012. In total, Rizzoli has presided over 26 UEFA Champions League games, four of them this season, including the round of 16 second leg between Málaga CF and FC Porto.

At the final in London, Rizzoli will be assisted by his fellow countrymen Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani. The fourth official will be Damir Skomina from Slovenia and the two additional assistant referees, Gianluca Rocchi and Paolo Tagliavento, also from Italy. An Italian reserve assistant referee – Gianluca Cariolato – completes the refereeing team lineup.