UEFA has announced that Mark Clattenburg will be the referee at the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid later this month.
Clattenburg has refereed six Champions League matches this season including two that involved Atletico Madrid and one that involved Real Madrid. He has also been picked by UEFA to referee at the European Championships in France later this summer.
Clattenburg is enjoying considerable success as a referee at the moment having recently been chosen to referee the FA Cup final later this month. This will be the first FA Cup final that he has officiated and he will be assisted by John Brooks, Andrew Halliday and fourth official Neil Swarbrick.
He has been refereeing in the Premier League since 2004 and when it was announced that he was to referee the FA Cup final he said that it “came out of the blue.” He said that he is normally informed which games he is doing by text but when he saw a call coming from the FA referees’ department he knew it must be for something important.
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He said that the FA Cup final is “one of the most prestigious and important cup finals in the world” and that hit has been his goal for a long time to referee the match describing it as “an honour and a massive achievement”.
In the past Clattenburg refereed the 2012 League Cup final between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Wembley and he was also the referee in the 2012 men’s Olympic Games final and the 2013 FA Community Shield.
He said that at first refereeing at Wembley can be fairly overwhelming but after doing it a few times it is possible to relax and enjoy the experience a bit more.