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UEFA picks Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir for Barcelona-Juventus Champions League final


NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has picked Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey to referee the Champions League final.

UEFA says Cakir will officiate the Barcelona vs. Juventus match at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on June 6.

Two years ago, Cakir drew criticism when he sent off Manchester United winger Nani in a Champions League last-16 loss against Real Madrid.

However, UEFA defended his decision and the official built his reputation at a successful World Cup. FIFA selected him to handle the Argentina vs Netherlands semifinal in Brazil.

UEFA also named 44-year-old English referee Martin Atkinson to work the Europa League final.

Defending champion Sevilla plays Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at the National Stadium in Warsaw on May 27.

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