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EURO 2000 FOOTBALL: Dallas is passed over for final ties.

HUGH DALLAS was last night given the bitterly disappointing news that he's been overlooked for the final stages of Euro 2000.

Hopes were high last week that the Scotland official was in line to take charge of a semi-final clash at the very least after he was named by UEFA bosses as one of the tournament's top eight referees.

Dallas was not given a quarter-final tie but was one of a four-man pool from which officials for the semi-finals and the final itself were to be picked.

However, yesterday his hopes were dashed when it was announced in Brussels that his last remaining duty in the Low Countries will be to act as the fourth official in tomorrow night's semi-final between favourites France and Portugal.

But a defiant Dallas said : "If somebody had told me at the start of Euro 2000 that I would be won of the last five referees, then I would have been delighted.

"I wouldn't say that I was disappointed because I never imagined that the final was a possibility, even if some had other ideas.

"There have been 28 games so far and very little controversy with regards the decisions that have been made so this just shows how high the overall standard of refereeing has been.

"I'm just happy still to be here and looking forward to the semi-final between France and Portugal."

The final has been given to Anders Frisk, even though the Swede has already taken charge of a group match between France and Holland - the favourites to play out the big event in Rotterdam on Sunday.

German Markus Bent, who lists endurance tests amongst his hobbies, has been given the semi-final between the Dutch and Italy in Amsterdam on Thursday, with Spain's Jose Maria Garcia Aranda acting as fourth official.

Dallas will assist Austrian referee Gunter Benko from the techinical area in Brussels tomorrow night.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Jackson, Keith
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 27, 2000
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