29 June 2012 /TODAY'S ZAMAN
Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır is not done with the Euro 2012 tournament yet, as he has been appointed as the fourth official for the finals between Italy and Spain on Sunday. Çakır and his team, comprising four other referees from Turkey, were invited to Kiev, where the final will take place, by the chief refereeing officer for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Pierluigi Collina.
Çakır last officiated the semi-final game between Portugal and Spain on Wednesday, which resulted in Spain advancing to the finals. Çakır gave out nine yellow cards during the game. UEFA gave Çakır eight-and-a-half points out of 10 for his performance during the match. He became the first Turkish referee to officiate a game in a European football championship in 16 years. Çakır is also the only Turkish referee to serve as the center referee in a semi-final game at a European championship. During Wednesday's game, Çakır was accompanied by Turks Bahattin Duran and Tarık Ongun as assistant referees, while Damir Skomina from Slovenia was the fourth official of the match. Çakır officiated two other games in the tournament -- Ukraine vs. Sweden and Italy vs. Ireland.