VAR to be used in Europa League Final
Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi will take charge of the match between Chelsea and Arsenal in Baku on May 29th and he'll have VARs to help out.
The 45-year-old Italian has officiated six UEFA Champions League matches in his career thus far. This will be the first UEFA Europa League final that Rocchi has overseen, after handling the fourth referee duties in the 2010 encounter between Atlético Madrid and Fulham, as well as the 2017 UEFA Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United.
Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) technology was not in play for any of the knockout phase of the Europa League, unlike the Champions League at the same stages, but it will be instituted in Baku in the final between London clubs Chelsea & Arsenal. That is bound to get some tongues wagging after the eventful nature of the Champions League knockouts and how frequently VAR came into the spotlight.
Italian Rocchi will be assisted by compatriots Filippo Meli and Lorenzo Manganelli at the final in Baku, with Daniele Orsato will take the role of the fourth official. The video assistant referee team will be led by Massimiliano Irrati, supported by Marco Guida, Szymon Marciniak, and Pawel Sokolnicki.