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Meier selected for Euro 2000

Urs Meier in action in the Swiss league

(Keystone)

The Swiss referee, Urs Meier, has been chosen as one of 13 who will take part in the European football championships, which take place in Belgium and Holland in June.

The 41 year-old from canton Aargau was nominated by the European football federation, UEFA, together with 11 others. One referee has been put forward by the African football federation.

"Coming after the World Cup in France and the semi-final of the Champions League, the selection for the European Championships is another highlight," Meier said.

During the 1998 World Cup, Meier refereed the politically sensitive game between the United States and Iran, and the quarter-final clash between Denmark and Nigeria.

Meier also took part in the European Championships in England in 1996, and has refereed over 50 games in the top European club competition, the Champions League.

The Swiss national side failed to qualify for next month's Euro 2000.

swissinfo with agencies

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