Damir Skomina will referee the Champions League Final 2019Damir Skomina, FIFA referee from Slovenia, was selected by the UEFA Referees Committee as the main official in 2019 UEFA Champions League final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
This 42-year-old ref already has some major experience in UEFA cup final’s officiating, as he was the man in charge of UEFA Europa League final match two seasons ago between Manchester United and Ajax and the UEFA Super Cup match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid back in 2012. He also had fourth official duties year later in UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
Speaking about this season, Skomina has four UEFA Champions League matches so far, along with two Europa League matches, while he also has added three 2018 World Cup matches to his work resume.
It is interesting to know that he already was the main referee in this year’s UCL group stage on one of the matches Liverpool has played – win against Napoli. He also has overseen four more Liverpool matches, but Reds failed to grab at least one point out of those four matches – they lost all four, against Fiorentina in Liverpool and on the road against Besiktas, Villarreal and Roma.
Skomina was in charge of three Spurs matches – draw against Anderlecht in 2007, Benfica in 2014, while the most famous Skomina match was Inter win in December 2010, when Gareth Bale scored hat-trick after Tottenham was down 4-0.
Besides him, the rest of the officiating crew in Madrid on Wanda Metropolitano stadium will be Jure Paprotnik and Robert Vukan, both from Slovenia, the fourth ref will be Antonio Mateu Lahoz’s job, and in the VAR room, responsible for video assistance, will be Danny Makkelie from Netherland with the help of Pol van Boekel, Felix Zwayer and Mark Borsch.
The match will be played on the 1st of June.