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GENEVA, March 1. /TASS/. A total of six Russian referees were included in the team of 112 match officials from 21 countries selected for the matches of the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France, UEFA announced on its website on Tuesday.
Last December UEFA announced a list of 16 main referees selected to take charge of 51 matches of this summer’s main football tournament in Europe. Russia’s Sergey Karasev was included in the list.
On Tuesday, UEFA announced that "the UEFA Referees' Committee has decided on the assistant referees, additional assistant referees and third (reserve) assistant referees to complete the 18 teams."
"Each referee team comprises six match officials: one main referee, two additional assistant referees, and two assistant referees," the statement from UEFA said. "The majority of assistants and additional assistants come from the same country as the referee."
Besides main referee Karasev, the other match officials from Russia to manage the matches of the 2016 Euro Cup are: Anton Averyanov, Tikhon Kalugin, Nikolay Golubev (all assistant referees), Sergey Lapochkin and Sergey Ivanov (both additional assistant referees).
The Russian Football Union (RFU) announced to TASS last December that Karasev would attend to at least two matches of the European championship.
Nikolay Levnikov, the head of the RFU’s Refereeing and Inspection Committee, said in December it was "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."
The last time a Russian specialist worked as a main referee 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.