Who is Champions League Final Referee Clement Turpin? | Soccer


Clement Turpin got the big job this weekend (Image: AFP)

The person responsible for the Champions League final on Saturday night is Frenchman Clement Turpin, who will referee the biggest game in European football for the first time.

However, the 40-year-old has plenty of experience at the highest level, having become a FIFA referee in 2010 and refereing games in the Champions League, the World Cup and last year’s Europa League final when Villarreal beat Manchester United on penalties.

Turpin only oversaw Real Madrid away to Chelsea in this season’s Champions League, when the Spaniard won 3-1 thanks to a Karim Benzema hat-trick.

Most recently, he oversaw the Reds in last year’s competition when they beat RB Leipzig 2-0 at Anfield.

Turpin hasn’t dealt a red card in his last four European games, but he had three in the game before that!

The Frenchman was in charge as Atletico Madrid won 3-1 in Porto in December 2021. Yannick Carrasco was sent off for the Spaniards before Wendell was sacked for the home side and then Porto’s backup goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin was shown red without even stepping on the pitch.


Turpin has plenty of experience refereeing British clubs (Image: Getty Images)

Speaking to UEFA about the start of his refereeing career, Turpin said: “Children’s matches were not appointed referees, so coaches and parents took charge of the matches.

“I was asked if I wanted to do a refereeing course – I thought ‘why not?’ and from there it started. I continued to play football until I was 19 – being a player one day of the weekend and a referee the next. The refereeing side was going well, so I decided to focus on refereeing from there.”

He added: “I never said to myself that one day I would referee a European final.

“Right from the start, I preferred to set myself small goals and challenges. I’ve never had a particular role model as a referee, but I’ve observed other referees and incorporated small bits of what they do into my own refereeing.”

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