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Italy favouring Spaniard to take charge charge of United's San Siro trip

23 February 2009 03:49
Luis Medina Cantalejo (right) will take charge of Manchester United's Champions League clash against Inter Milan

Spanish referee Luis Medina Cantalejo, whose major decisions in recent years have favoured Italy, will take charge of Tuesday's tie between Inter Milan and Manchester United

at the San Siro.

At the 2006 World Cup, Cantalejo awarded a controversial stoppage-time penalty when Australia's Lucas Neill was adjudged to have fouled Italy's Fabio Grosso.

Francesco Totti scored the winner from the spot with the final kick of the match.

In the final, Medina was the fourth official who told referee Horacio Elizondo that Zinedine Zidane had butted Italy defender Marco Materazzi off the ball, which saw the Frenchman sent-off.

The Spaniard denied he had watched the incident on a TV monitor — banned under FIFA regulations— before informing the referee.United striker Wayne Rooney will also remember Medina.

He refereed England's Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia, in which Rooney tackled Konstantin Zyryanov on the edge of the box but was wrongly adjudged to have brought him down inside the area .

Roman Pavlyuchenko, now at Tottenham

, scored the penalty and Russia went on to win.

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Source: Daily_Mail