FOOTBALL: Dallas in line to handle Euro 2000 final.
HUGH DALLAS Hugh Dallas MBE (born October 26, 1957 in Allanton, near Shotts) is a former Scottish football referee.
Dallas retired at the end of the 2004-05 Scottish football season. was last night given the dream news that he may be in line to take charge of the Euro 2000 final.
Scotland's top referee was one of the eight officials chosen by UEFA UEFA Union of European Football Associations
UEFA n abbr (= Union of European Football Associations) → U.E.F.A. yesterday to stay on in Holland and Belgium as the tournament reaches its climax.
After being named as the fourth official for Sunday's quarter-final between France and Spain, Dallas is almost certain to be put in full charge of at least a semi-final.
It is widely expected here that the four quarter-final refs will not be given a subsequent match. That means Dallas is one of four men fighting it out for the right to referee the last three games. German Markus Merk Dr. Markus Merk (born March 15, 1962 in Kaiserslautern) is a top-level German football referee. He is a two-time winner of the FIFA Referee of the Year Award (2004 and 2005), and six-time winner of the German Referee of the Year Award , Gunter Benko from Austria and Sweden's Anders Frisk Anders Frisk (born 18 February 1963 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is an insurance agent by trade and a former football referee. Frisk was forced to early retirement from refereeing amid pressure due to death threats made against him and his family. are also in the running.
Dallas said: "It does look good but I am one of life's pessimists and I'm not about to let my mind run away with itself and start thinking about a semi-final or the final itself."