MARK CLATTENBURG: Referees also face knockout football

MARK CLATTENBURG: Referees also face knockout football knowing a mistake will rule them out of officiating the final… Bjorn Kuipers will be nervous at Wembley but he has earned the right to take charge

  • Bjorn Kuipers has earned the right to take charge of the Euro 2020 final
  • Referees in the knockout stages know a mistake will rule them out of the final
  • I refereed the Euro 2016 final and felt pressure and the fear of failure
  • But the relief is huge once you’ve blown the final whistle and given it your all
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

It’s another Dutchman for England as referee Bjorn Kuipers takes charge of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. 

What an honour it is for Kuipers, who is Holland’s top official and has overseen Champions League and Europa League finals. 

Remember: this isn’t only knockout football for the countries competing. It’s the same for the referees and their assistants. 

Bjorn Kuipers has earned the right to take charge of England and Italy’s final showdown

Mess up and that’s your tournament done and dusted. You’ll be heading home, just like the players, no chance of appearing in the final. 

But Kuipers has earned the right to referee the showdown between England and Italy. 

I refereed the Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France and will never forget it. There’s pressure and a fear of failure because you know tens of millions of people will be watching. 

But once you’ve blown that final whistle, and you know you’ve done your job as well as anyone could, the relief is second to none. Good luck to Kuipers on Sunday night! 

I refereed the Euro 2016 final and I felt the pressure and fear of failure with everyone watching




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