Europa League Rd 4 referees

UEFA has announced the referees for Thursday’s Europa League matches, with English Craig Pawson in charge of Lille-Milan.

The Rossoneri face LOSC Lille in France on Thursday, eager to bounce back from their first defeat in 2020-21 in the last round of fixtures against the French side.

Pawson has been given the task to lead the two sides out of the tunnel at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, whilst Austrian Harald Lechner will be at the whistle when Roma travel to CFR Cluj in Romania.

Napoli host HNK Rijeka at the San Paolo this week, where Turkish referee Halis Özkahya has been given the responsibility.

Europa League Rd 4 referees


Lille-Milan (17.55 UK time)

Referee: Pawson (ENG)

Assistants: Hussin and Lennard (ENG)

Fourth Official: England (ENG)

UEFA Referee Observer: Gonzalez Vazquez (ESP)

UEFA Delegate: Bilbao (ESP)


Cluj-Roma (20.00 UK time)

Referee: Lechner (AUT)

Asisstants: Heidenrech and Kolbitsch (AUT)

Fourth Official: Weinberger (AUT)

UEFA Referee Observer: Szekely (HUN)

UEFA Delegate: Wachowski (POL)


Napoli-Rijeka (20.00 UK time)

Referee: Özkahya (TUR)

Assistants: Yilmaz and Satman (TUR)

Fourth Official: Ulusoy (TUR)

UEFA Referee Observer: Robertson Brines (SCO)

UEFA Delegate: Dahrup (DEN)


Italian and Serie A candidates for Globesoccer Awards

Ciro Immobile is the only Italian candidate for the Globesoccer Awards’ Player of the Year, while Gian Piero Gasperini has been shortlisted for the Coach of the Year award.

The Globesoccer award will take place in Dubai on December 27. Ciro Immobile and Cristiano Ronaldo are the Serie A candidates for the Player of the Year award alongside Karim Benzema, Lionel Messi, Marquinhos, Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mané and Serge Gnabry.

Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini has been shortlisted among the best coaches of the year together with Hans-Dieter Flick, Julen Lopetegui, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel while several 2006 Italy World Cup winners such as Francesco Totti, Gigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro and Andrea Pirlo are the candidates for the Player of the Century award.

Check out all the nominees:

Player of the year:

Ciro Immobile, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Lionel Messi, Marquinhos, Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mané, Serge Gnabry.

Club of the year:

Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, PSG, Real Madrid, Sevilla

Coach of the year:

Gian Piero Gasperini, Hans-Dieter Flick, Julen Lopetegui, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel.

Player of the century 2001-20:

Andrea Pirlo, Andres Iniesta, Andriy Shevchenko, Arjen Robben, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Fabio Cannavaro, Francesco Totti , Franck Lampard, Gigi Buffon, Iker Casillas, Kaka, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Luka Modric , Luis Figo, Manuel Neuer, Mohammed Salah, Neymar, Philipp Lahm, Robert Lewandowski, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Steven Gerrard, Xavi, Zinedine Zidane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Club of the century 2001-20:

Al Ahly, Barcelona, Bayern Municj, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United, PSG, Real Madrid.

Coach of the century: Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti, Didier Deschamps, Joachim Low, Pep Guardiola, José Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Marcello Lippi, Vicente Del Bosque, Zinedine Zidane.

Agent of the century 2001-20:

Giovanni Branchini, Jonathan Barnett, Jorge Mendes, Mino Raiola, Pini Zahavi.


Dzeko: ‘I’m happy it’s all over’

Edin Dzeko underwent medical examinations today after recovering from COVID: ‘I’m fine and happy it’s all over.’

Dzeko tested positive for COVID two weeks ago and had a negative swab test today.

As per the Serie A protocol, he had to undergo medical examination prior to be resume trainings with the rest of his teammates.

After the medical examinations underwent at Rome’s Villa Stuart he said: “I am feeling fine and I am happy it’s all over,” reports Tuttomercatoweb.

The former Manchester City striker will be eligible to play next weekend against Napoli and is likely to be included into Roma’s squad to face Cluj in Europa League on Thursday.

Dzeko, 34, has three goals and one assists in seven games in all competitions so far this season.


Report: Mkhi to extend with Roma

Roma are reportedly prepared to extend Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s deal at the Olimpico until June 2022.

The Armenia international moved on a permanent deal to the Giallorossi after having convinced on loan from Arsenal last term.

And the 31-year-old has continued to show his qualities in the Italian capital this term, scoring five and assisting four times in eight Serie A games so far.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports the attacking midfielder has a performance option in his deal with La Lupa and both parties are interested in extending his stay beyond June 2021.

The former Manchester United player is therefore only formalities away from signing a new deal until 2022, and the newspaper reveals it could happen before Christmas.

Mkhitaryan has contributed one goal and one assist in three appearances in the Europa League this term too.


Liveblog: Serie A Week 8 Super Sunday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s seven Serie A games, including Fiorentina-Benevento, Inter-Torino, Roma-Parma and Napoli-Milan.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at 11.30 GMT with Cesare Prandelli’s return to the Fiorentina bench, replacing sacked Beppe Iachini against Benevento.

At 14.00 GMT there are four matches, Inter taking centre-stage as they host a Torino side battling COVID-19.

Roma are also missing some key players against Parma, while high-flying Sassuolo visit Hellas Verona and Sampdoria take on Bologna.

At 17.00 GMT, Udinese and Genoa go head-to-head in a relegation tussle.

And all eyes are on the Stadio San Paolo at 19.45 GMT, when leaders Milan visit Napoli, who could catch them in the top spot with a victory.

Stefano Pioli and his assistant manager both have COVID, so Daniele Bonera is on the bench against former teammate Gennaro Gattuso.