Björn Kuipers to referee Europa League final

Björn Kuipers, 45, will be the man in the middle for the 2018 final between Marseille and Atlético.

Björn Kuipers has been an international referee since 2006
Björn Kuipers has been an international referee since 2006 ©Getty Images

The UEFA Referees Committee has announced that Dutch official Björn Kuipers will referee the 2018 UEFA Europa League final between Marseille and Atlético Madrid on 16 May. The game takes place at Stade de Lyon.

This will be Kuipers' second UEFA Europa League final assignment, having also been in charge of the 2013 showpiece between Chelsea and Benfica. The 45-year-old, who has been an international referee since 2006, also officiated the 2014 UEFA Champions League final involving Real Madrid and Atlético. He has been the man in the middle for three UEFA Champions League matches this season.

2018 UEFA Europa League final refereeing team

Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistants: Sander van Roekel, Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth official: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Additional assistants: Danny Makkelie, Pol van Boekel (NED)
Reserve assistant referee: Mario Diks (NED)

Previous UEFA Europa League final referees

2010: Atlético 2-1 Fulham – Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
2011: Porto 1-0 Braga – Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
2012: Atlético 3-0 Athletic – Wolfgang Stark (GER)
2013: Benfica 1-2 Chelsea – Björn Kuipers (NED)
2014: Sevilla 0-0 Benfica, 4-2 on pens – Felix Brych (GER)
2015: Dnipro 2-3 Sevilla – Martin Atkinson (ENG)
2016: Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla – Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
2017: Ajax 0-2 Man. United – Damir Skomina (SVN)

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