Ravanelli: Italy should fear Euro 2020 final referee Kuipers

Date: 9th July 2021 at 12:56pm
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Former Italy striker Fabrizio Ravanelli has said that he is concerned about how Bjorn Kuipers will adjudicate the Euro 2020 Final against England.

The 52-year-old expects the final to be a tight match, but he is worried that the Dutch referee will give the Three Lions the benefit of the doubt on some decisions during the match.

England progressed to final after defeating Denmark 2-1 in the semi-finals and Danny Makkelie, a compatriot of Kuipers, awarded a contentious penalty in the favour of the English to win the match.

“I expect a very careful and controlled because both teams will have great respect for each other,” Ravanelli told Il Mattino.

“That’s why I expect it to be a challenge with few goals but tactically very interesting and playing at Wembley could be an advantage for us.

“We have experienced players like Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, and for the English, that atmosphere can become more oppression than pressure, but in reality, I am afraid that the table is already set for the feast of England.

“I am just scared of the referee. That penalty against Denmark was non-existent, it was scandalous.”

Ravanelli represented Italy at Euro ’96, when England last hosted the tournament, and he played in the Premier League for Middlesbrough and Derby County.


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