Danny Makkelie is a well-known football referee from the Netherlands. Born on January 28, 1983, in Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles, Makkelie is recognized for his decisive decision-making and good communication skills on the pitch.
Makkelie began his professional refereeing career in the Eredivisie, the top tier of Dutch football, in 2009. His impressive performances quickly caught the attention of international football authorities, and he was added to the FIFA International Referees List in 2011, which allowed him to officiate international fixtures.
Since his induction onto the FIFA list, Makkelie has been selected for several high-profile international tournaments. He has officiated matches in the UEFA European Championship, as well as in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
In the club game, Makkelie has been regularly selected to officiate matches in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Notably, he was appointed as the referee for the 2020 UEFA Champions League Final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
Beyond his refereeing career, Makkelie also works as a police officer in the Netherlands, a role that he balances with his responsibilities in football.
Makkelie is renowned for his calm demeanor on the pitch, his thorough understanding of the game's laws, and his effective management of matches. His contributions to the game have earned him recognition as one of the top referees in modern football. As of my last update in September 2021, Makkelie continues to be an active referee in Dutch and international football.