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Slovenian Damir Skomina to handle Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool

The UEFA Referees Committee have tipped Damir Skomina from Slovenia as the right man to handle the UEFA Champions League final game between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. The final takes place on June 1 in Madrid precisely at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano which happens to be the home grounds of Atletco Madrid.

Damir Skomina is part of the UEFA Elite referees in the game now and also the best in Slovenia currently. He started in 2002 and he is still performing very well till now. This explains how experienced the man is no wonder he has been charged with that task.

The 42 year old referee has handled a lot of games in European football in the past years. He is on the verge of making a tremendous treble if he handles this year’s final. Damir Skomina handled the UEFA Super Cup final in 2012 when Chelsea were humiliated 4-1 by Atletico Madrid.

He was also in charge of the 2017 Europa League final when Manchester United humbled Ajax Amsterdam by 2-0. He also acted as the fourth official in the 2013 Champions League final which was held in London when Bayern Munich defeated rivals Borussia Dortmund by 2-1.

The Slovenian referee has handled a total of 6 games in UEFA competitions this season with the final set to mark his seventh. He officiated two games in the group stages of the Champions league including Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Napoli at Anfield. He has also refereed two games in the round 16, notable one is that controversial penalty he awarded for Man United against PSG after referring to VAR of which Rashford stepped to convert to qualify the Red Devils to the quarter final.

With the introduction of the Video Assistant Replay (VAR) in the competition, he is the first referee to deny a goal with the VAR in the Champions league.He has also refereed two games in the Europa League this season.

By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim/

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