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Referee Kuipers appointed for UEFA Super Cup

Dutch official Björn Kuipers will take charge of the UEFA Super Cup match between FC Barcelona and FC Porto as part of a six-man refereeing team appointed by UEFA.

Björn Kuipers will take charge of the 2011 UEFA Super Cup
Björn Kuipers will take charge of the 2011 UEFA Super Cup ©Getty Images

UEFA has appointed the match officials for Friday's UEFA Super Cup tie between UEFA Champions League holders FC Barcelona and UEFA Europa League winners FC Porto at the Stade Louis II in Monaco (20.45CET kick-off).

Referee Björn Kuipers from the Netherlands has been selected to officiate at the match and his team will include Erwin Zeinstra and Berry Simons, operating as assistant referees, with Bas Nijhuis the fourth official. Richard Liesveld and Danny Makkelie complete the refereeing unit as additional assistant referees.

Kuipers, a 38-year-old official from Oldenzaal who has been an international referee since 2006, has taken charge of 43 UEFA matches in his career. Last season in the UEFA Champions League he handled one play-off match, two group stage games and a round of 16 fixture. Kuipers also oversaw three UEFA Europa League matches in 2010/11, including the semi-final first leg between Porto and Villarreal CF. Previously he refereed the finals of the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and 2009 U21 Championship.