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MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Russia’s Sergey Karasev has been included in a group of 18 referees selected for the matches of the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France and the Russian specialist will attend to at least two games, an official with the Russian Football Union (RFU) told TASS on Tuesday.
"It is very good for the Russian institution of referees that Sergey was included in the group of referees for the European championship," Nikolai Levnikov, the head of the RFU’s Refereeing and Inspection Committee, said in an interview with TASS.
"It is guaranteed that Karasev and his four linesmen will manage two matches at a group stage and the rest will depend on the level of their work," Levnikov said. "After selected for the European championship, Karasev’s chances of managing matches at the World Cup in Russia soared."
The last time a Russian referee worked at a large-scale international football championship was in 2006, when Valentin Ivanov managed matches of the FIFA World Cup in Germany.
The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup will be held between June 10 and July 10 with matches to be played in 10 different cities, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne, and Toulouse.
A total of 24 European national teams qualified for the Euro Cup final tournament in 2016, after the contestants’ format, which was used since 1996, was decided to be extended from 16 to 24 teams.
The contesting teams were divided into six groups and Russia was placed into Group B, sharing it with the teams from England, Wales and Slovakia.