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Ref who awarded United’s VAR penalty picked for Champions League final

Slovenia official Damir Skomina will take charge of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham.

The 42-year-old is set to be in control of his first Champions League final having officiated the quarter-final first leg between Ajax and Real Madrid.

It was also Skomina who, with the use of video technology, awarded Manchester United a stoppage-time penalty in their 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the dramatic round of 16 tie in March.

Skomina was also the man in the middle when Ajax were beaten in the Europa League final by Manchester United in 2017, and he oversaw Atletico Madrid’s win against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in 2012.

Liverpool will be hoping for the same outcome in the Madrid final on June 1 as when Skomina took charge of their group stage tie with Napoli at Anfield, which they won 1-0 last December.

The Slovenian took charge of Chelsea’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge.

UEFA have announced that Skomina will be assisted by his fellow countrymen Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan, while the fourth official will be Antonio Mateu Lahoz from Spain.

A team of Dutch officials will carry out VAR duties, with Danny Makkelie supported by Pol van Boekel, Felix Zwayer, and Mark Borsch.

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