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Italian referee Rocchi to officiate the Europa League final

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Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi will officiate the Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal on May 29.

Rocchi is one of Europe’s most experienced referees, having been internationally accredited since 2008.

The 45-year-old has been assigned six Champions League games this season and was the fourth official in two Europa League Finals (2010 and 2017).

The Italian referee was the fourth official for Manchester United’s Europa League victory over Ajax back in 2017.

But he later went on to officiate the European Super Cup between Manchester United and Real Madrid that same year.

Rocchi is renowned for his strict style, handing out 125 yellow cards and three red cards in just 24 matches in the current campaign.

NAPLES, ITALY – JANUARY 20: Referee Gianluca Rocchi shows the red card to Francesco Acerbi during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and SS Lazio at Stadio San Paolo on January 20, 2019, in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Most notably, he has awarded 10 penalties in his 15 games in the Serie A, where VAR has been used for the past two seasons.

Assisting Rocchi are fellow Italians Filippo Meli, Lorenzo Manganelli, Daniele Orsato, Massimiliano Irrati and Marco Guida, the latter pair of whom will be in the VAR booth, alongside Polish duo Szymon Marciniak and Pawel Sokolnicki.