Liverpools record with Champions League final referee will have Reds fans worried – Irish Mirror

Liverpool\s record with Champions League final referee will have Reds fans worried - Irish Mirror

Champions League final: Damir Skomina to referee Spurs v Liverpool

Slovenias Damir Skomina will referee the all-English Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool.

The 42-year-old awarded Manchester United a controversial late penalty in their last-16 victory over Paris St-Germain in March.

PSG forward Neymar was later given a three-match ban after he called the decision “a disgrace” on social media.

The Champions League final takes place at Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday, 1 June at 20:00 BST.

Milner added: What weve been through in the last two weeks from Barcelona away, putting on a pretty good performance and losing like we did, to go to Newcastle with a quick turnaround and grind out a result and then obviously do what we did in midweek and then bounce back again [at Wolves on the final day], knowing it was out of our hands [but] to get that result – I havent got enough good words to say about the character within the squad, the ability and the mentality.”

Skomina was in charge when United beat Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final as well as the Uefa Super Cup match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid five years earlier.

We have to be proud of what weve achieved. Unfortunately, its just short, but obviously what we did earlier in the week [versus Barcelona] gives us a chance to go and redeem ourselves and get a piece of silverware because I think everyone deserves a bit of silverware.”

He was fourth official at the 2013 Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich and has been referee in four of the competitions matches this season, including Liverpools 1-0 win over Napoli which secured a place in the knockout stage.

Vertonghen has almost three weeks to be ready for the June 1 final in Madrid and is now hopeful of recovering in time. He has told friends that, while not 100 per cent sure that he will be back, he feels good and believes he can be fit to play.

Liverpool players, fans deserve a bit of silverware – Milner

He will be assisted in the final by his compatriots Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan. The fourth official will be Antonio Mateu Lahoz from Spain.

Pochettino has raised fears that he could leave Tottenham after the Champions League final and captain Hugo Lloris has backed the Argentines warning that he will not start a new chapter at the club without a clear plan.

James Milner is spot on with Champions League final comments

The video assistant referee role has been assigned to Danny Makkelie from the Netherlands, who will be supported by countryman Pol van Boekel, plus German officials Felix Zwayer, and Mark Borsch.

A year ago in Kiev Jurgen Klopp’s side endured a freakish 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in which they lost the in-form Mohamed Salah to a shoulder injury after an early clash with Sergio Ramos, conceded two goals to goalkeeping errors by Loris Karius and a third to a brilliant Gareth Bale overhead kick.

Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi will take charge of Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal in Baku on 29 May.

“What we did (against Barcelona) gives us a chance to go and redeem ourselves and get a piece of silverware because I think everyone deserves a bit of silverware,” the midfielder told liverpoolfc.com.

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Unfortunately its just short, but obviously what we did earlier in the week [versus Barcelona] gives us a chance to go and redeem ourselves and get a piece of silverware because I think everyone deserves a bit of silverware. 

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