EURO and World Cup final referee Gonella mourned

Sergio Gonella, the Italian referee who officiated at both a UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup final in the 1970s, has died at the age of 85.

Sergio Gonella (centre) with his team ahead of the 1978 FIFA World Cup final
Sergio Gonella (centre) with his team ahead of the 1978 FIFA World Cup final ©Getty Images

Former Italian referee Sergio Gonella – who took charge of both a UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup final in the 1970s – has passed away at the age of 85.

Gonella officiated at the 1976 UEFA European Championship final in Belgrade, when Czechoslovakia defeated West Germany 5-3 on penalties after the two teams had finished level at 2-2 after extra time

He went on to referee the FIFA World Cup final in 1978, which saw host country Argentina beat the Netherlands 3-1 in Buenos Aires, also after extra time.

President of the Association of Italian Referees (AIA) between 1998 and 2000, Gonella entered the Hall of Fame of Italian football in 2013.

 

 

 

 

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