Damir Skomina Named Referee For Champions League Final And It's Bad News For Liverpool
UEFA's decision to appoint Damir Skomina for the Champions League final spells bad news for Liverpool.
The Slovenian referee will take charge of the Champions League final and it could be a bad omen for Jurgen Klopp's team.
Damir Skomina will take charge of the #UCLfinal in Madrid :trophy:- UEFA (@UEFA) May 14, 2019
He will be assisted by his fellow Slovenians, Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan :flag_si:
The fourth official will be Antonio Mateu Lahoz from Spain :flag_es:https://t.co/dHB6Qb2UMC
Skomina has refereed five Liverpool games since 2009 and the Reds don't boast a good record under him.
They've lost four out of five matches he's officiated.
He first reffed a Liverpool fixture in 2009 when they lost to Fiorentina at Anfield.
His next Liverpool game took place six years later. Again, they suffered defeat. They lost to Besiktas, followed by another defeat to Villarreal.
He also took charge of Liverpool's defeat to AS Roma in the Champions League semi-final second leg, last season.
Liverpool's sole victory under Skomina happened during this campaign against Napoli. They beat the Italian outfit 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a goal from Mohamed Salah.
Skomina also officiated Manchester United's last 16 second leg clash against Paris Saint-Germain this season. He awarded a controversial penalty to United after a VAR review.
Liverpool, though, will have the home dressing room despite being the 'away' team.
Tottenham are the designated 'home' team for the Champions League final, but they've been allocated the away dressing room, and there's a big difference between the two facilities.
Liverpool will be allocated the Home team dressing room at the Wanda Metropolitano for the Champions League Final due to security reasons, Tottenham will therefore be in the Away dressing room.- :star2: (@Brand0nLFC) May 13, 2019
Here is the difference: pic.twitter.com/vMeOkLbuCF
So, why have Liverpool been handed the home dressing room? Well, it's due to security reasons.
Spurs fans will be based in the north side of the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. As a result, Spurs and Liverpool have had to swap dressing rooms.
Liverpool will be using the ultra-slick home dressing room, while Spurs will occupy the away dressing room which isn't as luxurious.
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