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Rosetti to complete refereeing double

Italian referee Roberto Rosetti, 40, will complete a unique double on Sunday, taking charge of the Euro 2008 final 22 days after refereeing the opening game.

sports Updated: Jun 27, 2008 22:28 IST

Italian referee Roberto Rosetti, 40, will complete a unique double on Sunday, taking charge of the Euro 2008 final 22 days after refereeing the opening game.

“I know it hasn’t happened much before but I never thought after getting the opening game that my chances for the final were over,” Rosetti told reporters.

UEFA appoint referees for the latter stages of the tournament based on their nationalities and their previous performances. Rosetti only became available for Sunday’s final following Italy’s quarter-final elimination to Spain, a result that ended the chances of Spanish referee Manuel Mejuto.

Big bonus for Spaniards

Madrid: All the Spanish squad members will receive bonuses of 214,000 euros each should they beat Germany in Sunday’s final, the Spanish Football Federation announced on Friday. The federation spokesperson did not reveal how much the players would receive if they lost.

Terim set to stay

Ankara: Fatih Terim is to stay on as coach of Euro 2008 semifinalists Turkey according to the president of the Turkish Football Federation on Friday.

Terim, 54, had suggested that he would be stepping down and taking over a club outside of Turkey, after his side had lost 3-2 to Germany on Wednesday.

Turkish football supremo Hasan Dogan revealed that he had a talk with Terim on the plane back from Switzerland. “Fatih Terim is at this moment in charge of the national side... god willing he will be in 2010 (World Cup) as well,” said Dogan.

Royals, celebs for final

Vienna: Alexander McQueen could be kicking it with Henry Kissinger or King Juan Carlos on Sunday at the European Championship final, a match that promises plenty of star power. McQueen, the British fashion designer, and Spain’s Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia top the list of celebrities, royals and leaders expected to pack the stands at Ernst Happel Stadium.

There will be plenty of great footballers, led by Franz Beckenbauer, who led Germany to a World Cup victory in 1974.