PE TEACHER Istvan Kovacs will be used to brushing away any nonsense from footballers – given he deals with rowdy pupils in his day job.
The 36-year-old has been included in a strong Romanian delegation for Euro 2020.
Istvan Kovacs shows Igor Shitov a red card during Astana’s Champions League qualifier against Celtic in 2016[/caption]
The tournament will provide educator with the biggest exam of his career so far as he makes his debut in a senior international competition.
Kovacs was recently promoted by Uefa to their cohort of ‘elite referees’ providing the Romanian with recognition for his outstanding performances with the whistle.
Appointed as a Fifa referee in 2010, Kovacs has grown in stature and regularly officiates in the Champions League.
Where did his career begin?
Kovacs, a native of Carei, grew up a sports fanatic and turned his attention to officiating from a young age.
After following his dream, he was appointed as a professional referee in his homeland ahead of the 2007/08 season.
In his debut season Kovac officiated 17 Romanian top flight fixtures and within three years he taking charge of Europa League matches.
How long did he ref in the Middle East?
Between 2001 and 2018 Kovacs was invited to referee outside of Romania and officiated league games in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Kovac’s firm officiating style has seen him brandish 149 red cards so far in his 14-year professional career.
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This season, he refereed Manchester United’s Europa League quarter final second leg win against Granada and Celtic’s 4-1 group stage mauling at the hands of Sparta Prague.
What games is he taking charges of at Euro 2020?
This has not yet been confirmed but he is expected to officiate in the group stages of the tournament.