The judge of the World Cup final became the referee of the European Champions League final

Shimon Marciniak, the referee of the 2022 World Cup Qatar final, was chosen to referee the European Champions League final.

Poland’s Szymon Marciniak, who refereed the World Cup final in December, has been selected to referee the Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan. UEFA selected Marciniak to play the final on June 10 in Istanbul in a rare feat of refereeing Europe’s biggest national and club football finals in the same season. The 42-year-old Polish referee was praised for his performance in Argentina’s match against France in the Qatar World Cup final.

The first World Cup-Champions League double final was done by the English referee “Howard Webb” in 2010.

Marcinac faced both Champions League finalists in the knockout stages: Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Real Madrid in the semi-finals and Inter’s 0-0 draw against Porto in the round of 16.

UEFA also selected referees for its other three finals. England’s Anthony Taylor will referee the Europa League final between Sevilla and Roma on May 31 in Budapest, Hungary. Spain’s Carlos del Cerro Grande, aged 47, will take charge of his first European final against Fiorentina and West Ham in the Europa Conference League on June 7 in Prague. Wales’ Cheryl Foster will referee the Women’s Champions League final between Barcelona and Wolfsburg on June 3 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. For that game, all referees are women except for Massimiliano Irati, a video review specialist from Italy.


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