Stark reality for England

21 June 2010 06:46
Wolfgang Stark - the referee accused by John Terry of disrespecting him in March - will take charge of England's clash with Slovenia.[LNB] The 39-year-old German upset Terry with his behaviour during Chelsea's Champions League clash against Inter Milan at Stamford Bridge when they crashed out to former boss Jose Mourinho.[LNB]Terry has courted controversy this week with his comments at England's training camp in relation to a meeting last night with head coach Fabio Capello.[LNB]And four months ago he vented his anger at Stark at his performance against Milan.[LNB]He said afterwards: "It was a bad performance by us but a really bad performance from the referee.[LNB]"I'm not going to say the word conspiracy. I am not using that term - but I'm so frustrated by what happened.[LNB]"When a decision didn't go our way I, as captain, went to speak to the referee and he turned his back on me.[LNB]"I wasn't shouting. I went to try to talk to him and when he wouldn't talk that is when I got frustrated. That is just pure disrespect."[LNB]Stark has taken charge of three previous England internationals - all of which ended in victory for the Three Lions.[LNB]He was at the helm for a 2-1 win over Slovakia in a Euro 2004 qualifier and a 4-0 success over Northern Ireland in a 2006 World Cup qualifier.[LNB]Stark was also officiating when England beat Greece 4-0 in August 2006 - Steve McClaren's first match as England coach.[LNB]He has captured the headlines on several occasions and sent off three players in a Barcelona-Celtic encounter six years ago.[LNB]In an Under-20 World Cup meeting between Chile and Argentina in 2007, he gave two players their marching orders and issued seven yellow cards.[LNB]Stark also took charge of a Champions League meeting between Arsenal and Barcelona this season.[LNB]He has already officiated in Argentina's single goal win over Nigeria during the current World Cup.

Source: Team_Talk