UEFA has picked two World Cup referees for its club competition finals before the tournament in Russia.
UEFA says Milorad Mazic of Serbia will referee the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on May 26 in Kiev, Ukraine. Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands will referee the Atletico Madrid-Marseille Europa League final on May 16 in Lyon, France. It is a second Europa League final for Kuipers, after Chelsea’s 2013 win over Benfica. The 45-year-old Dutchman also worked Atletico’s 2014 UCL final loss to Real Madrid. Mazic and Kuipers are both picked by FIFA for a second straight World Cup, which kicks off next month.