Mark Clattenburg to referee men's Olympic final

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Mark Clattenburg to referee men's Olympic final

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been chosen to officiate the 2012 Olympic Games men's football final on Saturday, contested between Brazil and Mexico at Wembley Stadium.

The 37-year-old will be joined by fellow Englishmen Stephen Child and Simon Beck, who will be his assistant referees.

Clattenburg has taken charge of two other Olympic matches during these games, including Mexico's 4-2 victory over Senegal in the quarterfinals.

David Elleray, Chairman of the Football Association Referees' Committee is delighted with the appointment and thinks the English refereeing team should be considered as another gold for Team GB.

"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," Elleray said to the FA's official website. "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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