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Papa John's Trophy Finals Match Official Appointments

Tuesday 16th February

FC Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain

Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel and Erwin E. J. Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Thibault De Gendt (BEL)

RB Leipzig v Liverpool 

Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referees: Tomaž Klančnik and Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Matej Jug (SVN)
Video Assistant Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Řepka (CZE)

Wednesday 17th February 

FC Porto v Juventus

Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez and Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: José María Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)

Sevilla v Borussia Dortmund

Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referees: Hessel Steegstra and Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Video Assistant Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Antonio Talarico (ITA)

Tuesday 23rd February 

Club Atlético de Madrid v Chelsea FC 

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
Video Assistant Referee: Marco Fritz (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)

SS Lazio v FC Bayern München 

Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referees: Roy Hassan and Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth Official: Gal Leibovitz (ISR)
Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE)

Wednesday 24th February 

Atalanta BC v Real Madrid CF

Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referees: Christian Gittelmann and Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Video Assistant Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Harm Osmers (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL) 

Borussia Mönchengladbach v Manchester City FC 

Referee: Artur Dias (POR) 
Assistant Referees: Rui Tavares and Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Video Assistant Referee: João Pinheiro (POR)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)

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