UEFA final big challenge, says referee Clattenburg

UEFA final big challenge, says referee Clattenburg

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:23 am

Clattenburg: man at the centre for the All Madrid final in Milan

Clattenburg: man at the centre for the All Madrid final in Milan

English referee Mark Clattenburg has spoken of his pride after being appointed to referee the 2016 UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

UEFA’s chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina Tuesday night named the Select Group official for the match at the San Siro on 28 May. Compatriots Simon Beck and Jake Collin will be his assistants.

Seven days earlier, Clattenburg will officiate the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace, making him the first man to take charge of both finals in the same season.

Clattenburg, 41, has been an international referee since 2007. The former electrician officiated the 2012 English League Cup decider and, later that year, the final of the 2012 Olympics men’s football competition.

He was an additional assistant at UEFA EURO 2012 and has been selected as one of 18 referees for UEFA EURO 2016.

Having overseen the 2014 UEFA Super Cup, this season he has taken charge of two UEFA Europa League matches and six in the UEFA Champions League, including the semi-final first leg between Atlético Madrid and Bayern München in Spain that the home side won 1-0.

“I was stunned when I received the call from Pierluigi Collina,” Clattenburg said. “Stunned but absolutely delighted.

“It will be a huge challenge but ultimately one that I’m massively looking forward to. I’m going to be representing my country and the 27,000 referees in England and the great thing is that I can share the success with my team of officials.”

Mike Riley, General Manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), said Clattenburg’s appointment was a demonstration of “an excellent season” for the PGMOL’s Select Group of officials.

“For Mark and his team of officials this is magnificent reward for them personally but also reflects well on the standard of refereeing in England,” Riley said.

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