English Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of Sunday’s Euro 2016 final match between France and Portugal.
Clattenburg will officiate at the Stade de France six weeks after He refereed Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over Atletico Madrid in Milan.
The 41-year-old Englishman also refereed FA Cup final at Wembley on May 21 when Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-1. Hosts France beat world champions Germany 2-0 on Thursday to reach the final. Portugal, on their part, beat Wales 2-0 in the other semi-final on Wednesday to reach the final. Mark Clattenburg will be joined by assistant referees Simon Beck and Jake Collin and additional assistants Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner.
Mark Clattenburg produced a masterly display of officiating in the Champions League final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in May, but his performance will be remembered more for one very strange moment. As Real Madrid’s Pepe threw himself to the ground in familiarly theatrical fashion, the Durham referee expressed his disdain for the defender’s behaviour with a rather unsettling tongue flourish.
With the Real Madrid man set to return to the Portugal line-up for the final of Euro 2016, we could see more oral gymnastics from England’s finest referee – whether we want to or not.