Who is Andreas Ekberg? Swedish referee supporting Euro 2020

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EURO 2020 has arrived and Andreas Ekberg will join the refereeing team.

The Swede is a rising star in his homeland and the only official from his country to be nominated for the tournament.

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Andreas Ekberg to officiate at Euro 2020Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

Here’s everything you need to know about him.

Who is Andreas Ekberg?

Andreas Ekberg was born in Malmö, Sweden, in 1985.

He became a referee in 2004 and was named to the Swedish top flight in 2009, at the age of just 24.

In 2013 he became a UEFA referee taking charge of two Europa League qualifiers and made his international debut refereeing Ireland’s 3-0 friendly victory over Latvia.

Then, in 2018, he made his Champions League debut, refereeing Man City’s 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.

This season, Ekberg has led three Champions League group matches – Basaksehir against PSG, Marseille against Porto and Dynamo Kiev against Ferencvaros.

He was also in charge of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw in the Europa League quarter-final at home against Slavia Prague.

Moreover, Ekberg was one of the trusted foreign officials to referee the Greek Super League.

Under Greek law, all derby matches must be refereed by foreign referees to avoid corruption.

And Ekberg was in charge as Olympiacos beat Panathinaikos 4-1 in the play-offs in May.

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