Mark Clattenburg to Become First Englishman to Ref Euro Final in 52Yrs

Mark Clattenburg to ref 2016 Euro Final

Mark Clattenburg has been named the referee for the UEFA Euro 2016 final between hosts France and Portugal, making him the first Englishman to oversee a Euro final in 52 years.

The 41-year-old will be joined for Sunday’s game in Paris by fellow Professional Game Match Official Limited assistants Simon Beck and Jake Collin.

Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner were selected as additional assistants, while Viktor Kassai and Gyorgy Ring both from Hungary will be the fourth official and assistant referee.

No Englishman has been chosen as referee for a UEFA European Championship final since Arthur Ellis and Arthur Holland officiated the first two finals in 1960 and 1964, respectively.

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Sunday’s final will be Clattenburg’s fourth appointment of the tournament, following Belgium v Italy, Czech Republic v Croatia and Switzerland v Poland.

The appointment marks another milestone in the career of the former electrician who became an international referee in 2007.

Officiating Sunday’s final would mean Clattenburg had officiated three major finals in less than two months.

He was the referee for the FA Cup and Champions League final both in May.

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