As expected, English Mark Clattenburg has the honour to be the man in the middle when Portugal and France will fight for the EURO trophy in Stade de France next Sunday.The 41-year old professional referee from Newcastle will be assisted by Simon Beck and Jake Collin at the sidelines, by Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner at the goallines and by Hungarian Viktor Kassai as 4th official (György Ring completing the roster as reserve AR).
Clattenburg is the second match official who takes charge of two big UEFA finals in the same year. The 41-year old has already officiated Real Madrid's penalty shoot out win over Atlético Madrid in the Champions League Final 2016.
In our pre-tournament-portrait, we have described Clattenburg (also known as Clatts) as game-manager: "Clattenburg usually succeeds in managing the match with his authentic body language. His quite particular gestures - that may appear as a bit odd at times - make the players accept his decisions and follow his leadership. Sometimes even using his tongue."
Indeed, his previous three performances in Belgium vs Italy, Czech Rep. vs Croatia and Switzerland vs Poland have been well controlled with the aid of sophisticated body language skills. In fact, Clatts is probably more than a referee at the moment - but rather a "star" or "actor" on the field of play. Facing CR7 and Griezmann, he will be in good company.
10/07/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 51 - FINAL
Saint-Denis (Stade de France)
Referee: Mark CLATTENBURG (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon BECK (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake COLLIN (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony TAYLOR (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre MARRINER (ENG)
Reserve Assistant Referee: György RING (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi COLLINA (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis MEŽECKIS (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Julien HAULBERT (FRA)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: NICLAS (GER)