Controversial Turkish referee to officiate Dortmund v Tottenham Europa League clash


Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır will officiate the Dortmund v Tottenham Europa League clash at the Signal Iduna Park Stadium on Thursday 10 March.

Tottenham will be looking to put a disappointing week behind them as attention switches to Dortmund in the Europa League.

Çakır will be joined by Bahattin Duran, Tarık Ongun, Cem Satman, Hüseyin Göçek and Barış Şimşek for the Match Day 6 clash.

The Turkish referee has a reputation for being harsh on English club players in European competition and famously sent of Chelsea star John Terry in the same competition.

Çakır is the most experienced Turkish referee at International and European level and has taken charge of over 70 UEFA matches including the Champions League final last season.

His assistant Barış Şimşek was recently praised by Mesut Özil for awarding his goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

“[For my goal] I had a shot at goal and Manuel saved it brilliantly. After two or three seconds I saw that the referee was signalling a goal and I was relieved. It was clear that we had won the game at that point and I’m pleased with that,” Özil told the official Arsenal website.

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