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UEFA NAMES UCL FINAL REFEREE; OFFICIAL HAS UNFAIR HISTORY WITH FINALISTS

Damir Skomina has been confirmed as the 2019 Champions League final referee.

The Slovenian official will take charge of Liverpool’s game in the showpiece of Europe’s elite club competition with Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday, June 1.

Skomina is an internationally renowned referee and will complete a continental treble with the all-English final at the Metropolitano Stadium in three weeks’ time.

He previously oversaw the 2017 Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax and the Super Cup between Bayern Munich and Chelsea in 2012.

But the omens do not appear promising for the Reds as they have previous form with the 42-year-old across five meetings, winning just one of them.

Skomina’s first game involving the Anfield club was a 2-1 loss to Fiorentina which confirmed their Champions League group-stage exit in December 2009.

He also presided over back-to-back Europa League defeats against Beskitas in 2015’s last 32 encounter and a semi-final first leg loss to Villarreal a year later.

More recently Skomina was in charge for Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final with Roma, where Jurgen Klopp’s side progressed despite a 4-2 reversal.

His most recent involvement with Liverpool was December’s Group C finale with Napoli, which ended in a narrow 1-0 win to secure a place in the latter stages.

Skomina’s record with Spurs is similarly unpromising, with no wins in their past three meetings.

Liverpool have been given the ‘home’ dressing room at Atletico Madrid’s stadium for the game despite being the designated away team due to security reasons E

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