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UEFA names Slovenia’s Skomina as referee for all-English Champions League final

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UEFA names Slovenia’s Skomina as referee for all-English Champions League final

UEFA has announced the selection of Slovenia’s Damir Skomina as centre referee in the all-English Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1.

The 42-year-old Skomina, an international referee since 2002, had taken charge of four Champions League matches and two Europa League games this season.

Skomina officiated the Europa League final between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United in 2017 and the Super Cup between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in 2012.

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According to UEFA, at the Madrid final, the referee will be assisted by compatriots Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan, with Spain’s Antonio Lahoz as the fourth official.

To get to the final, Liverpool overcame Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate. They performed the “incredible’’, winning the second leg of the semi-final 4-0 to cancel the 0-3 defeat suffered in the first leg at Camp Nou.

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Tottenham edged out Ajax through away goal advantage in their 3-3 aggregate score from their two-leg encounter.

The team lost 0-1 in the first leg in England, but came from two goals down in the second leg in Amsterdam to win 3-2 in the second leg.

At the final in Madrid, Skomina will be assisted by his countrymen Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan. The fourth official will be Antonio Mateu Lahoz from Spain.

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

 

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