Holland will supply the officials for our next Champions League adventure in Bulgaria on Wednesday against CSKA Sofia.
Jan Wegereef, a 43-year old software developer from Ryssen will be the referee. He celebrated his 12th season as a FIFA listed referee last year, and was the Dutch referee during the World Cup in Japan and Korea. He refereed just one game in the tournament, a 3-3 draw between Senegal and Uruguay. El Hadji Diouf figured in the game but not Salif Diao. He also managed to caution a total of 12 players during the game.
He missed out on Portugal 2004 and is not down on the shortlist for the next World Cup in Germany.
Last season he refereed Monaco’s 2-1 victory over Olympiacos in our Champions League group. Before that he was the fourth official for the Champions League Final in 2001 as Bayern Munich beat Valencia on penalties in Milan.
Last season in November 2004, he was in charge of Villareal’s 2-0 home win against Middlesbrough in the UEFA Cup. A game that featured Reina and Zenden. Later on during the tournament he was in Belgrade for Partizan’s home tie against our opponents CSKA Sofia in the first leg of the last 16. CSKA managed a 1-1 draw after taking an early lead and progressed to the next round 3-1 on aggregate.
He has also refereed several international matches including one of England’s warm-up games before Portugal 2004. England beat Iceland 6-1, a game that featured our own Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and at that time Michael Owen.
Jan classes Anders Frisk and Paul Durkin as two referees he admires the most, and says that the San Siro in Milan is the best stadium he has refereed in.
His assistants for the evening are Arie Brink and Roger Geutjes with Reinhold Wiedemeijer as the fourth official.