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21 Jun 2010 18:46:00

Stark reality for England

Wolfgang Stark - the referee accused by John Terry of disrespecting him in March - will take charge of England's clash with Slovenia. 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. 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. And four months ago he vented his anger at Stark at his performance against Milan. He said afterwards: "It was a bad performance by us but a really bad performance from the referee. "I'm not going to say the word conspiracy. I am not using that term - but I'm so frustrated by what happened. "When a decision didn't go our way I, as captain, went to speak to the referee and he turned his back on me. "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." Stark has taken charge of three previous England internationals - all of which ended in victory for the Three Lions. 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. Stark was also officiating when England beat Greece 4-0 in August 2006 - Steve McClaren's first match as England coach. He has captured the headlines on several occasions and sent off three players in a Barcelona-Celtic encounter six years ago. 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. Stark also took charge of a Champions League meeting between Arsenal and Barcelona this season. He has already officiated in Argentina's single goal win over Nigeria during the current World Cup.


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