World Cup final referee Nicola Rizzoli will take charge of Celtic – Manchester City Champions League showdown

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World Cup final referee Nicola Rizzoli will make his third trip to Celtic Park after appointed to Wednesday’s Champions League visit of Manchester City.

The vastly experienced Italian is regarded as one of the best referee’s on the planet, and a career highlight saw the 44-year-old handle Germany’s extra-time win over Argentina in Brazil in 2014.

A year earlier, the architect took charge of Bayern Munich’s Champions League final victory over German rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Nicola Rizzoli about to take charge of World Cup final (Pic: Jimmy Baikovicius)
Nicola Rizzoli about to take charge of World Cup final (Pic: Jimmy Baikovicius)

Rizzoli was also the man in the middle for Atletico Madrid’s Europe League triumph over Fulham in 2010, and presided over France’s Euro 2016 semi-final win over Germany.

Celtic have twice been involved in matches involving the official. The most recent was the goal-less Champions League group stage draw with Benfica during the 2012/13 campaign, while he also oversaw Dinamo Moscow’s 1-0 victory at Parkhead in 2009.

Rizzoli handled Scotland’s 1-1 Euro 2016 qualifying draw in Ireland last year and has twice presided over matches involving Rangers.

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