UEFA have appointed Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi for Chelsea’s Europa League final clash against London rivals Arsenal on May 29th.
The 45 year old Italian has been an international referee since 2008.
Chelsea’s clash against Arsenal will be the first Europa League final Rocchi will oversee but he was the fourth official in Manchester United’s victory over Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final. He was also the fourth official in 2010 for Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 extra-time victory over Fulham in Hamburg, Germany.
Rocchi has officiated six Champion League games this season and Chelsea fans will be hoping there will be no controversial decisions against Chelsea on May 29.
Chelsea beat Slavia Prague in the quarterfinals and required penalties to see off Frankfurt in the semi-final while Arsenal beat Napoli in the quarterfinal and Spanish side Valencia in the semis.
The Europa League final will be the first game in the Europa League to use VAR with experienced video review specialist Massimiliano Irrati in charge of VAR.