UEFA Appoints Serbian Referee For Champions League Final

UEFA have appointed Serbian referee, Milorad Mazic to officiate the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26. The referee was in charge of Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup. He sent off Timothee Kolodziejczak in the match. He was also in charge of the game between Portugal and Germany in their group stage match in the 2014 World Cup.

Mazic had awarded Germany a controversial penalty after he adjudged Joao Perreira to have fouled Mario Gotze in the area. He also red-carded Pepe after he stomped on Germany’s Thomas Muller. Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates fell to a 4-0 defeat in that match.

Also, Mazic was in charge when  of Liverpool, in March 2016, secured a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, which saw them progress past Manchester United 3-1 on aggregate to reach the last-16 of the Europa League. He was also in charge of England for Sam Allardyce’s only game as manager when Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana scored a last-minute winner in a 1-0 victory over Slovakia, after Martin Skrtel was given a red card.

He has refereed five matches in the Champions League already this season, including one during the qualification rounds. He has issued 18 yellow cards at an average of 3.6 per game.

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