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Football's favourite lip-licker Mark Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final

Premier League ref gets the nod for France v Portugal.


ENGLAND’S MARK CLATTENBURG will referee the biggest game of his career when he takes charge of Sunday’s Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal.

Clattenburg, who has already refereed the FA Cup final and the Champions League final this season, has got the nod for the decider at the Stade de France.

It will be his fourth game of the tournament following the group stage games between Belgium and Italy, and the Czech Republic and Croatia, the latter of which was marred by crowd trouble.

He also refereed the last 16 clash between Switzerland and Poland, his only knockout game until now.

Clattenburg, 41, was selected as the Premier League’s representative at the tournament but faced a difficult end to the domestic season and was criticised for his performance in the FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United.

He redeemed himself when he took charge of Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final, winning particular plaudits for his no-nonsense handling of Real defender Pepe.

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