Mark Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final

Mark Clattenburg on of the best in the Premier League who was also subjected to abuses

England’s Mark Clattenburg will be the referee for Sunday’s European Championship final between France and Portugal at the Stade de France, governing body Uefa said on Friday.

Belgium v Italy - Group E: UEFA Euro 2016

The 41-year-old also officiated in the Champions League final, won by Real Madrid over city rivals Atletico in May.

He becomes the second man to take charge of both major European occasions in the same year after Pedro Proenca of Portugal in 2012, Uefa said in a statement.

Clattenburg was also the referee for the FA Cup final won by Manchester United over Crystal Palace in May, after which Palace manager Alan Pardew said he was frustrated by two of his decisions.

The Former electrician who has been an international referee since 2007, has also refereed the 2012 Olympic men’s final and 2014 UEFA Super Cup among others, while he has already taken charge of three games at Euro 2016.

He is the first Englishman to referee a European Championship final since Arthur Ellis in 1960 and Arthur Holland in 1964.

Referee’s chief Mike Riley praised Clattenburg’s “quality” after his appointment.

“It is a great testament to Mark and his team that the quality of their performances throughout the tournament and in their matches this season have been recognised and rewarded by UEFA with the prestige of officiating the final,” said Riley, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

“It promises to be an exciting game and a great atmosphere in Paris. I’m sure that Mark, along with his assistant referees Simon Beck and Jake Collin, and additional assistant referees Andre Marriner and Anthony Taylor, will be fully prepared for the game.

“Their experience of working together in the Champions League final in Milan will undoubtedly help their preparations. It will be an occasion that they’re all looking forward to immensely.

“As an organisation we are very proud of what they have achieved. Their success, and that of Martin Atkinson and his team earlier in the tournament, reflects well on (their) standards and teamwork. We wish them every success on Sunday evening.

Sunday’s final will be Clattenburg’s fourth appointment at the finals following Belgium v Italy, Czech Republic v Croatia and Switzerland v Poland. He was also a fourth official when Iceland played Austria

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