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

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

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.

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

The Champions League has taken a back seat until the last couple of weeks this year, with the league the main priority, but now everyones full attention will turn to bringing home number six in Madrid.

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

“What weve been through in the last two weeks from Barcelona away [in the Champions League semi-finals], 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 [the Barca comeback] and then bounce back again today [Sunday], 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

Liverpools players have been given this week off to recover from an arduous season in which they pushed Manchester City all the way to the last day in the title race, eventually losing out by one point.

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Arsenal ran out of steam with a number of damaging results in the final third of the season consigning them to fifth place and the prospect of life outside the Champions League yet again. That eventuality depends on the Europa League final in two weeks time. But Arsenals final total of 70 outranks the 10-year average of 68.3 needed to finish fifth. It was Wengers Arsenal in 2016-17 who earned the biggest points total of any fifth-place team with 75. The lowest was Tottenhams 62 in 2010-11 when coached by Harry Redknapp.

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