UEFA selects referee for Friday’s big stakes showdown in Copenhagen: The Spaniard who was not remembered fondly by Matic Maruško
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Three more nights of sleep and we will be here for one of the most important and most awaited football matches in Slovenia’s history. Matjaž Kek ‘s squad will be away in Copenhagen, where they will play Denmark; if they beat Denmark, they will already be at Euro 2024. If she beats her, she will secure her first appearance at a major competition since 2010. Friday’s match will kick off at 20:45 at the Parken Stadium, European Football Association (UEFA) has already selected the referee who will administer justice in Denmark.
On the pitch of the Danish national stadium, the main speaker will be Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez, a 40-year-old Spanish judge who is an economist by training, but when he’s not refereeing, he earns his money by working in a bank. The man from Lorca, Murcia, has been playing in La Liga since 2015 and has been wearing the FIFA badge on his jersey since 2017.
Sanchez Martinez has refereed two Champions League matches this season (AC Milan – Newcastle United 0-0, RB Leipzig – Crvena zvezda 3-1), and seven times in the Spanish top flight. Last season, he had a starring role in the Spanish Cup final (Real Madrid – Osasuna 2-1), and three years before that he shared the title in the Super Cup final (Real Madrid – Atletico 4-1 after 11 penalty kicks).
He has refereed for Real Madrid the most times in his career (33), followed by Barcelona (30) and Real Betis (26). He has only met Slovenian football once so far, in 2021, when he shared the right in a Europa League qualifying match between Sturm and Mura which the Austrians won 2-0. He was also shown a red card and was sent off for two yellow cards in the 55th. awarded to Matic Maruško.
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