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Rosetti to officiate Euro final
June 24, 2008 01:55 IST
The 40-year-old hospital manager from Turin had mixed feelings when he watched Italy [Images] being knocked out of the tournament by Spain 4-2 on penalties after their quarter-final finished goalless after extra time.
Sunday's result, however, meant he was eligible to handle the final as only referees whose teams are not taking part can officiate.
"First of all, I'm a supporter of the national team as I have been since I was a little boy. The penalty shootout was a very emotional moment and not very nice for the team," Rosetti told reporters.
"But I was in the opposite situation two years ago when Italy went on to win the World Cup. Of course, it's a great honour for me and a very important day in my life.
"I am a referee and so the final of the European Championship is a wonderful situation."
His appointment means he would have handled the first and last of the 31 matches at the June 7-29 Euro 2008 tournament.
He was referee for Czech Republic's opening day 1-0 win over Switzerland [Images], Russia's [Images] 1-0 victory against Greece and the second quarter-final won on penalties by Turkey over Croatia after their thrilling game finished 1-1 after extra time.
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