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Dutch official to referee Malta-Italy qualifier

Rome: Dutch referee Serdar Gozubuyuk has been assigned to Malta`s World Cup qualifier against Italy.

Gozubuyuk, 27, is a Dutch referee of Turkish descent and hit headlines around Europe in December, when he took an extraordinary measure to calm Groningen coach Robert Maskaant.

Instead of flashing a red card at the manager, the referee took off his blue `Respect` armband and waved that at him instead.

Malta will host Italy Tuesday evening.