Like him or loathe him Mark Clattenburg has been regarded as one of the top referees in England over the past few seasons and now it appears he is the best in Europe.
Clattenburg’s appointment for the big game on Sunday adds to an impressive year for the 41 year-old, who became a FIFA listed referee ten years ago.
After taking charge of both the FA Cup and Champions League final Clattenburg will be aiming to round off the season with an uncontroversial Euro 2016 final.
So how will Clattenburg’s refereeing style impact the game on Sunday?
In all the matches Clattenburg has officiated this season he has awarded 183 yellow cards and seven red. He has shown just one yellow card five times and therefore an easy assumption to make is that the final is surely guaranteed to be full of bookings.
But before you start lumping on, the games to pay particularly attention to are the finals. In the FA Cup final Clattenburg took a lot of stick for supposedly not knowing the advantage rule when Chris Smalling hauled down Connor Wickham and then failed to send the Manchester United defender off. Clattenburg also received criticism for waving away a penalty appeal by Wilfried Zaha after a clumsy challenge from Wayne Rooney.
So does Clattenburg bottle the big decisions in big matches? Both those examples would suggest so, however he did send Smalling off later in the match which saw Clattenburg dish out a total of nine yellow cards and one red.
The Champions League final was a better game for Clattenburg and despite the fiery start the former electrician kept control of the game until a late tackle from Dani Carvajal on Antoine Griezmann gave Clattenburg no option but to produce a yellow.
That game saw Clattenburg brandish eight yellow cards, including one to Pepe, as well as award a penalty against the Portuguese defender which Griezmann then missed.
With the same referee and same two players involved on Sunday surely that is too good an opportunity to miss. A penalty awarded in the match is 4/1 with Betfair while France to miss a penalty is 25/1 with Bet365. A sending off at 18/5 with 188Bet is also well worth a punt, especially with Pepe on the pitch.
Portugal have committed the most fouls in the tournament, with 81, as well as suffered the most, with 82. Perhaps a true reflection of what Ronaldo and Pepe bring to the Portuguese side. With Portugal sitting sixth on UEFA’s disciplinary list at Euro 2016 and Clattenburg’s style this game is sure to have a flurry of cards.