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Tuesday, 20 June, 2000, 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK
Referee Nielsen forced out of finals
Kim Milton Nielsen
Kim Milton Nielsen sends off Beckham in the World Cup
Danish referee Kim Milton Nielsen, the man who famously sent off David Beckham at France 98, has pulled out of Euro 2000 after straining a thigh muscle.

He was injured during Turkey's 2-0 victory over Belgium on Monday night.

"It's only the second time I've been injured during a match in my entire career," said Nielsen.

"I'm extremely disappointed about having to leave the tournament.

"It happened at the worst possible moment - just before the quarter-finals."

With Denmark eliminated, the experienced Nielsen would had a good chance of refereeing the final on 2 July.

Play was held up shortly before halftime of the group B match when Nielsen had to leave the field.

He was replaced by fourth official Guenter Benko.

Benko was due to referee Wednesday's group C game between Yugoslavia and Spain in Bruges but this game will now be taken by France's Gilles Veissiere.

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