UEFA have announced that Spanish referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz will take charge of the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City later this month.
Both Chelsea and City secured their respective routes to the final last week with semi-final triumphs against Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
Chelsea, who last won the competition back in 2012, defeated Spanish heavyweights Madrid in their semi-final showdown, winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate, whilst City defeated PSG 4-2 on aggregate, securing their spot in their very first Champions League final.
Although both sides have secured their places in the final on Saturday, May 29, it still remains unclear where the contest will be staged, with the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions having implications on where the match will take place.
Originally, the contest was set to be staged in Istanbul, Turkey, but because the country is on the UK government’s ‘red list’ for travel, it means everyone who makes the trip to Istanbul would be forced to quarantine upon their return to England.
With that said, there has been speculation that the final could be switched to Wembley, which would make logical sense for both clubs and both Chelsea and City supporters, with lockdown rules in England expected to be eased even further by the time May 29 rolls around, allowing supporters, certainly in some capacity, to be allowed to attend.
However, it is not yet clear if Wembley will stage the final, with latest reports pointing towards Portugal as where the contest could be played.
But whilst the location of the final is yet to be decided, the referee and match officials have been, with 44-year-old Mateu Lahoz set to take centre stage.
He will be assisted by fellow countrymen Pau Cebrian Devis and Roberto Diaz Perez del Palomar, while fellow Spaniard Carlos del Cerro Grande will be fourth official.
The video assistant referee (VAR) will be Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez, and he will be accompanied by compatriots Juan Martnez Munuera and Iñigo Prieto Lopez de Cerain.
Pawel Gil, who is from Poland, completes the VAR line-up.
Mateu Lahoz has taken charge of 28 matches this season, five of which have come in the Champions League. In 28 outings this term, he has brandished 134 yellows and four reds.
He has officiated just two Chelsea matches in his career, the last of which came in September 2015.
Source by Football London