Mark Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France

Poland's Michal Pazdan is shown a yellow card by referee Mark Clattenburg

Mark Clattenburg has been chosen to referee Sunday’s Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France, completing a unique treble of showpiece fixtures in one season.

The 41-year-old also refereed May’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in Milan and Manchester United’s FA Cup win over Crystal Palace at Wembley a week earlier.

Clattenburg would not have been chosen if Wales had defeated Portugal in Wednesday’s semi-final. He has not officiated since the last-16 fixture between Switzerland and Poland; Uefa held him back with an eye on the final.

The County Durham referee also took charge of Belgium versus Italy and Croatia against the Czech Republic in the group stages.

The assistant referees will be Simon Beck and Jake Collin, while Andre Marriner and Anthony Taylor will provide additional assistance from alongside the goals. Two Englishmen have previously taken charge of European Championship finals, Arthur Ellis in 1960 and Arthur Holland four years later.

Clattenburg was criticised in some quarters for his performance during the FA Cup final. He twice awarded Palace free-kicks when arguably he should have played the advantage. His decision not to send off the Real Madrid defender Pepe during the Champions League final also attracted criticism, with the Portuguese being pulled up on a number of occasions by Clattenburg for simulation. He is set to come across Pepe again on Sunday, with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and the France forward Antoine Griezmann two other players primed to feature who also played in that match.

Clattenburg also refereed the 2012 League Cup final and the men’s Olympic final, the 2013 Community Shield and the 2014 European Super Cup.

In November 2012 he was cleared of using “inappropriate language” towards Chelsea’s Mikel John Obi during their 3-2 Premier League defeat to Manchester United the previous month. The Nigerian, who was later banned and fined for threatening Clattenburg after the match, had alleged that the referee racially abused him but the FA found Clattenburg innocent of the charge.

Clattenburg was also cleared of misconduct by the FA in January 2014 when Southampton alleged he made inappropriate comments towards Adam Lallana, who played for Saints at the time.

In 2005, he and his assistants failed to award a goal when a long-range shot from Tottenham’s Pedro Mendes was fumbled well over the line by the Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

He was withdrawn from officiating the 2008 Community Shield and sacked by the Professional Game Match Officials board in August of that year following a disciplinary inquiry over issues relating to his private business affairs. He was reinstated on appeal in February 2009.

He was involved in another controversial Manchester United moment in 2010 when he allowed a goal by Nani against Tottenham to stand. The Portuguese forward – another who is likely to be on the pitch in Paris – tapped the ball in when the Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes put it down in the belief his side had been awarded a free-kick. They had not, however, so the goal correctly stood.

Clattenburg is a highly regarded official. His appointment as a Football League referee at the age of 25 was then a postwar record. He is also one of only six Englishmen to oversee a European Cup final.

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