TURKEY failed to win their opening group game at Euro 2020 last week against Italy.

But experienced referee Cuneyt Cakir will also be representing the country this summer, starting with Portugal’s clash against Hungary.

 Cakir famously sent off Nani in the Champions League

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Cakir famously sent off Nani in the Champions LeagueCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Cuneyt Cakir has sent off various Premier League players in Europe over the last decade, including Nani, John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Gary Cahill.

Who is Cuneyt Cakır?

A MEMBER of Uefa’s Elite group of referees, Cakir is a no-nonsense whistler renowned for being a strict enforcer.

He has sent off various Premier League players over the past decade, including Nani, John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Gary Cahill.

Born in 1976, the Turk has taken charge of more than 200 Super Lig games – including numerous meetings between notorious rivals Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.

He has reffed in European competition since 2006 and first appeared on the international scene in 2010.

 The disciplinarian will happily dish out cards

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The disciplinarian will happily dish out cardsCredit: AFP or licensors
 Gerrard receives his marching orders at Wembley in 2012

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Gerrard receives his marching orders at Wembley in 2012Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

In 2012 he was appointed as fourth official in the Euro 2012 final, between Spain and Italy, and three years later took charge of the Champions League final.

Cakir famously sent off Keith Andrews at Euro 2012 after insisting that the Irishman move back an extra couple of inches in his defensive wall.

And shortly after he was at it again, dismissing Gerrard in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

 Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir stirred up a fierce reaction from fans on social media with his performance as England lost 2-1 to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final

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Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir stirred up a fierce reaction from fans on social media with his performance as England lost 2-1 to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finalCredit: AFP or licensors

In the 2017/18, he was given the high profile Champions League semi-final clash between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

And he capped it off by taking charge of the World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia.

But Cuneyt was slammed as “biased” and “embarrassing” by Three Lions fans, as some social media critics even called for a Fifa investigation.

He was accused of favouring Croatia as they ran out 2-1 winners and broke English hearts.

Cakir has previously reffed at Euro 2012, World Cup 2014, Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018.



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