Who is Sandro Scharer? Meet the Swiss referee officiating at Euro 2024

SANDRO Scharer is set to officiate at a number of Euro 2024 games.

While he may be one of the least-known officials at the event, the Swiss star is hoping to impress in Germany.

GettySchärer during the UEFA Champions League Group A stage match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Lokomotiv Moskva[/caption]

Who is Sandro Scharer?

Sandro Schärer is a Swiss football referee born on June 6, 1988.

After completing high school, he studied sports and geography at the University of Basel.

Before becoming a referee, Sandro initially worked as a substitute teacher at various high schools and as a ski instructor.

He then trained as a referee in 2005 and began refereeing games in the Challenge League six years later at the age of 24. 

In 2013, he made his debut in the Super League in the game between FC Lausanne-Sport and FC Thun.

Has Sandro Scharer officiated at major tournaments before?

Sandro has officiated at major tournaments before.

He has been involved in various UEFA competitions, such as the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

He has also refereed in international tournaments, including qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship.

Sandro claims he is the type of referee that any player would hate to come up against.

“I was a rebel on the pitch and had difficulty accepting referee decisions,” he recalled in an interview with FC Buttikon.

Has Sandro Scharer used VAR before?

VAR was introduced to the Swiss Super League in the 2019/20 season.

Therefore, Sandro is up to date with the often controversial video-assisted refereeing system.

It will be used at the 2024 Euros in Germany but there could be a last-minute halt.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the first major tournament to approve the device.

It was credited with making the 2018 edition the cleanest World Cup since 1986 as there were no red cards issued in the opening 11 games and only four players were sent off throughout the entire tournament.

For the Euros 2024, the high-tech feature will use 12 tracking cameras to determine if any part of the player’s body is in an offside position.

A 3D animation will be displayed on the big screens in the stadium.

The match ball will also include a chip which will help improve the technology‘s accuracy.

Full list of main referees at Euro 2024

Michael Oliver (England)
Anthony Taylor (England)
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain)
Marco Guida (Italy)
Istvan Kovacs (Romania)
Ivan Kruzliak (Slovakia)
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
Daniel Siebert (Germany)
Clement Turpin (France)
Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
Felix Zwayer (Germany)
François Letexier (France)
Facundo Tello (Argentina)

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