UEFA have confirmed that VAR will be used in this season’s Europa League final.
The technology has not been a feature of this year’s competition, although it has been in the Champions League, but for the Arsenal v Chelsea showdown in Baku on May 29th video will play a part.
The officiating team for the final was announced yesterday:
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Assistant Referees: Filippo Meli, Lorenzo Manganelli (Italy)
Fourth official: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
VAR Assistants: Marco Guida (Italy), Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Offside VAR: Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)
In Serie A this season, Rocchi has handed out 124 yellow and 6 red cards, and has reffed both Arsenal and Chelsea numerous times in European competition in the past.
He was in charge of last season’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, and the 5-1 defeat away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but also the man in the middle for a 4-1 win over Galatasaray in which Danny Welbeck scored a hat-trick.
Which is quite the coincidence as that’s what Welbeck is going to do in Baku, coming off the bench to DELIVER A KANU to Chelsea off the back of three Aaron Ramsey assists.