Gianluca Rocchi to referee Europa League final 2019 in Baku

UEFA Europa League final will be held on May 29th in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the UEFA Referees Committee has made a decision on who will take charge of the match between English Premier League and London rivals, Arsenal and Chelsea.

The honour to lead the players out of the tunnel in Baku Olympic Stadium will go to Gianluca Rocchi. This match will be his first final of any European cup as the main referee, but it won’t be his first final overall. He was the fourth official in 2010 match between Atletico Madrid and Fulham played in Hamburg, Germany, and he was also the forth referee in 2017 UEFA Europa League final match between Ajax and Manchester United that was held in Stockholm, Sweden, while he was the main ref during the UEFA Super Cup between Manchester United and Spanish giant, Real Madrid.

Rocchi has FIFA badge since 2008, and during the season that is drawing near the end, he has officiated six UEFA Champions League matches. Rocchi was also the main referee in three World Cup matches, two Club World cup matches, one Europa League 1/8 finals match, and one of the most difficult games in UEFA Nations League group stage, between Montenegro and Serbia.
In his career he has officiated 105 matches and has shown 420 yellow, 28 red cards and 38 penalties.

Besides Rocchi, his assistants will be also Italians Filippo Meli and Lorenzo Manganeli, while the forth official will be Daniele Orsato. In VAR room as video assistant referee there will be Massimiliano Irrati, while his help will come from Marco Guida, Szymon Marciniak, and Pawel Sokolnicki.

On the road to finals, Arsenal demolished Valencia 7-3, while Chelsea had way more problems eliminating Eintracht Frankfurt, reaching the title match only after being better from penalties after both legs were finished with the same result, 1-1.