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Champions League: Turpin will referee the final, a first for a Frenchman for 36 years

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Clément Turpin has been appointed to referee the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on May 28 at the Stade de France, UEFA announced on Wednesday, a first in 36 years for a Frenchman. The referee will be accompanied by his compatriots Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore, as assistants, and by Benoît Bastien as fourth referee.

Clément Turpin has been appointed to referee the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on May 28 at the Stade de France, UEFA announced on Wednesday, a first in 36 years for a Frenchman. The nearly 40-year-old referee (he will celebrate them on Monday) will be accompanied by his compatriots Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore, as assistants, and by Benoît Bastien as fourth referee. Video Assistance (VAR) will be led by Jérôme Brisard (France). His assistants will be Willy Delajod, also of French nationality, and the Italians Massimiliano Irrati and Filippo Meli.

Already at the whistle of the Europa League final last season

An international referee for a dozen years, Turpin will be on the whistle of a C1 final for the first time in his career, after being fourth referee in the 2018 final which had already pitted Real Madrid and Liverpool (3-1 victory for the Spaniards). The one who became the youngest referee in Ligue 1 in 2008, at 26, had already officiated last season in the Europa League final won on penalties by Villarreal against Manchester United.

On May 28, he will become the sixth Frenchman to referee a final of the most challenging European Cups, after Robert Héliès (1972), Michel Kitabdjian (1975), Robert Wurtz (1977), Georges Konrath (1982) and Michel Vautrot (1986), according to the French Football Federation.

The FFF welcomes this choice

“This is excellent news for French refereeing, which is progressing from year to year in the international hierarchy. Our referees are now present at each major competition”, welcomed the president of the FFF, Noël Le Graët, in a statement.

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Pascal Garibian, technical director of refereeing, sees in this designation “recognition of the excellent season carried out by Clément Turpin” and “recognition of the constant progress made by French refereeing”. “France now has three Elite UEFA referees, the highest level in Europe, with Clément Turpin, Benoît Bastien and François Letexier. It’s unheard of,” he noted.

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