Why Liverpool fans won’t be happy about Champions League final referee

The referee for the Champions League final has been announced – and Liverpool fans probably won’t be very happy about it.

Serbian official Milorad Mazic has been selected to take charge of Liverpool’s clash with Real Madrid on May 26 – the biggest game of the season for the two respective clubs.

The referee has previous with the Anfield club, having taken charge of their 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Manchester United in the Europa League two years ago.

In the match, which took place at Old Trafford, Mazic awarded the Red Devils a penalty after Nathaniel Clyne brought down Anthony Marital in the box.

The Frenchman made no mistakes from the spot and buried his shot past Simon Mignolet to put the home side in front before Philippe Coutinho levelled the scores just before the break.

The decision had little impact on the last-16 clash from a Liverpool perspective, however, as the Reds won the tie 3-1 on aggregate to progress to the next stage.

Mazic also took charge of Liverpool’s 1-0 Europa League win over Sparta Prague back in 2011. But this match passed without incident.

Mazic’s assistants in Kiev will be compatriots Milovan Ristic, Dalibor Djurdjevic, with France’s Clement Turpin standing in as the fourth official.

A statement from UEFA read: "Mazic, 45, has been an international referee since 2009.

"This season, he has taken charge of four UEFA Champions League matches, as well as two UEFA Europa League encounters.

"He also refereed last year’s FIFA Confederations Cup final between Chile and Germany, as well as the 2016 UEFA Super Cup involving Real Madrid and Sevilla."

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