Euro 2016: Turkey v Croatia – Jonas Eriksson will officiate game

Hakan Calhanoglu Chelsea

Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson will officiate Turkey’s opening Euro 2016 clash against Croatia on Sunday 12 June 2015 in Paris.

Eriksson has a reputation as being a lenient referee averaging just 3.62 yellow cards, 0.16 red cards and 1.15 penalties per-game.

Croatia will be looking to get revenge on Turkey who knocked them out of Euro 2008 in dramatic fashion.

Turkey equalised just one minute after Croatia took the lead on 119 minutes and went onto win the quarter-final tie on penalties.

The Crescent-Stars were managed by Fatih Terim at the time and he is still in charge of the team despite taking a break to take over at Galatasaray in-between.

Croatia did get their own back four years later knocking Turkey out of the play-offs for Euro 2012.

Turkish national team star Arda Turan and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic are both teammates at Barcelona.

Turkey will take on Croatia, Czech Republic and Spain in the 2016 European Championship Group D.

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