Clattenburg to ref Olympic final
Mark Clattenburg has been chosen by FIFA as the referee for the Olympic men's final between Brazil and Mexico on Saturday.
It will be the most prestigious match so far of the 37-year-old's refereeing career. Clattenburg's assistants will be Stephen Child and Simon Beck.
Clattenburg, from Gosforth, became a FIFA official in 2006, and has refereed in the Champions League and Euro 2012 qualifying. He also took charge of this year's Carling Cup final.
He also acted as an additional assistant referee during the Euro 2012 finals in a team with English compatriot Howard Webb.
David Elleray, chairman of the FA referees' committee, said: "The appointment of Mark Clattenburg to referee the Olympic final with his English assistants Steve Child and Simon Beck is wonderful news and is in keeping with the outstanding achievements of so many people from Great Britain in these Olympics.
"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.
"As with Howard Webb's World Cup final appointment, this will be an inspiration to our young referees and will mean that the 2012 Olympics will have a lasting legacy in refereeing."
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