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West Ham get Swiss referee for Europa League last 16 tie against Sevilla and Germans on VAR duty
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West Ham get Swiss referee for Europa League last 16 tie against Sevilla and Germans on VAR duty

West Ham will have a Swiss referee for the big Europa League last 16 tie against Sevilla and Germans are on VAR duty.

Excitement is building as the Hammers prepare to fly to Seville for the first leg of the huge tie.

West Ham have thoroughly embraced and enjoyed their European adventure this season.

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After topping Group H, the east Londoners qualified directly for the last 16 knockout stage.

West Ham are now just three ties from a dream final in Seville.

But they will get an early taste of playing at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán after being handed arguably the toughest of the last 16 draws.

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Both West Ham and Sevilla have injury issues ahead of the first leg on Thursday evening.

And the form of both sides has stuttered of late.

West Ham played very well in the excruciating 1-0 defeat to Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool last time out.

Meanwhile Sevilla saw their own title hopes dashed when they were held to a 0-0 draw by relegation-threatened Alaves.

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West Ham get Swiss referee for Europa League last 16 tie against Sevilla and Germans on VAR duty

All eyes now turn to the Europa League clash but who will be taking charge of the game?

Well UEFA’s allocation of match officials has seen West Ham get a Swiss referee for the Europa League last 16 tie against Sevilla and Germans will be on VAR duty.

The 33-year-old Swiss ref Sandro Schärer (pictured above) will take charge of Sevilla vs West Ham UEFA has announced.

Schärer will have fellow Swiss officials Stephane De Almeida and Jonas Erni as his assistants running the lines and Lukas Fähndrich as fourth official.

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West Ham will hope the age-old rivalry between England and Germany does not haunt them.

That’s because German officials Sascha Stegemann (pictured above) and Bastian Dankert will be the Video Assistant Referees for the big clash.

VAR has not been too kind to West Ham since its introduction which was once again in evidence against Liverpool at the weekend.

Let’s hope that changes if it is to be used during the match.

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