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Scottish referee Willie Collum takes charge of crunch Turkey – Czech Republic Euro 2016 clash


Scotland’s Willie Collum will take charge of Turkey’s clash with the Czech Republic on Tuesday evening as both nations fight for their Euro 2016 lives.

With the Group D rivals without a win in the tournament so far, the encounter at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens is likely to be a fraught affair, with the two sides knowing only a victory is likely to see them through to the last-16.

However, Collum will hope for a quieter evening on and off the pitch than Turkey’s last fixture, which erupted into controversy when Croatia supporters threw several flares and pyrotechnics onto the pitch, incurring a misconduct charge from Uefa.

Willie CollumConversely, Collum enjoyed an uneventful debut in the competition last Wednesday, overseeing France’s 2-0 win over Albania in Marseille with the minimum of fuss.

Belying his card-happy reputation domestically, he dished out just three cautions during the contest, to N’golo Kante and Albanian duo Amir Abrashi and Burim Kukeli.

Collum will be assisted by Francis Connor and Ireland’s Damien MacGraith, with fellow SPFL whistlers Bobby Madden and John Beaton as additional assistant referees. Russia’s Sergei Lapochkin will act as fourth official.

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