The only non-European referee who is in charge of some of the euro matches is Fernando Rapallini. There's never been a referee from Latin America in Euros in all past euro tournaments. Uefa, the main coordinator of the Euro 2020 tournament, opted to also include the competent referee.
In return for Rapallini, a Spanish coach, Jesus Gil Manzao, is assigned to officiate matches in the existing Copa America in Brazil, and Rapallini is among 18 refrees that have led the matches throughout the Euro20.
Rapallini has already officiated matches in the 16th round with the final set to be played at Wembley stadium on Sunday 11 July. In the match up between Ukraine and Northern Macedonia he had previously featured.
The fact that an American referee is an officiating an European competition is quite exceptional. Rapallini is scheduled to be in Europe until the conclusion of Euro 2020, and he is often in charge of matches on the Argentinian primero division in his own country as well.
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