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Controversial ref Clattenburg to officiate UCL final

Controversial referee Mark Clattenburg has been appointed by UEFA to officiate the Champions League final between Real Madrid and city rivals Atletico at the San Siro in Milan.

The 41-year-old from County Durham officiated at the semi-final first leg between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Clattenburg, who has been an international referee since 2007 and will take charge of this season’s FA Cup final on May 21, will be assisted by fellow Englishmen Simon Beck and Jake Collin in Milan.

On 28 October 2012, Chelsea made a formal complaint to the Football Association against Clattenburg about his alleged use of “inappropriate language” towards John Obi Mikel during that day’s match against Manchester United.

Due to a lack of evidence the club said it decided not to complain about alleged verbal abuse of a second player. United had won the game 3–2, scoring the winning goal after the referee had sent off Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović for a professional foul and then showed Fernando Torres two yellow cards, for a high kick and alleged diving.

Replays showed that the winning goal should have been ruled offside

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