CLATTENBURG GETS OLYMPIC NOD

The Premier league referee Mark Clattenburg has been chosen as the referee for the match between Mexico and Brazil in the final of the London Olympics 2012 football tournament. Mexico have been the surprise package of the football tournament at the London Olympics so far. They will be up against a formidable opposition in the form of Brazil in the final of the competition. Brazil are clearly the favourites to win the title, which would be their first gold medal in Olympic competition. Brazil have won every other major title there is to win for the international team. The best result that Brazil has achieved in the Olympics is the silver medal for years ago in Beijing.

Mark Clattenburg has been one of the best referees in the Premier league for the last few years now. He would be extremely delighted at the opportunity to be the referee of a final of this importance especially having missed out on the opportunity to participate in the World Cup and the European championships in the last few years. The 37-year-old will be assisted by the likes of Stephen Child and Simon Beck in the match. This is the first major opportunity for Mark Clattenburg given that he was the assistant referee to Howard Webb in the Euro 2012.

“Match officials in all sports make an important contribution to the success of sport and the appointment of the English referee team to the final match should be seen as another ‘gold’ for Team GB. This appointment means that English officials have controlled the World Cup final, Champions League final and Olympic final in the space of two years – a remarkable achievement which reflects well on the health of refereeing in this country,” said chairman of the FA referees’ committee, David Elleray.