"We're just going to bring in Christina Unkel for her thoughts on that decision" is not a line many UK football fans were accustomed to prior to Euro 2024.


Of course, in recent years, the rise of the referee-turned-rules-analyst has been a growing trend, with Peter Walton and Mike Dean swapping the whistle for the microphone.

Unkel is working as the main rules analyst for ITV throughout the tournament, being brought in to offer expert advice on the closest calls.

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Unkel boasts a wide range of credentials and vast experience – but who is she?

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RadioTimes.com brings you all the details on ITV's Euro 2024 rules analyst Christina Unkel.

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Who is Christina Unkel?

Unkel is a former American football (soccer) referee, licensed by FIFA, with experience officiating in big games across the globe.

The 37-year-old is also a legal expert, working as a litigation expert and managing partner at her own law firm in the States.

Most recently, she became president of Tampa Bay Suns FC, a brand new professional women's team in Florida, who will play their first match in August 2024.

In terms of broadcasting, Unkel has been a mainstay on CBS soccer broadcasts in the US, covering Champions League football, while she has also covered major international football tournaments for Fox Sports.

Unkel has a wealth of entrepreneurial experience, with various business interests revolving around sport, fitness and beyond.

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