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Martin Atkinson to referee Northern Ireland and Wales Euro 2016 clash

By Steven Beacom

Published 24/06/2016

Man in the middle: Atkinson will referee Saturday’s last-16 tie
Man in the middle: Atkinson will referee Saturday’s last-16 tie

The Battle of Britain in Paris this weekend will also have a British referee.

Uefa have announced that English ref Martin Atkinson will take charge of tomorrow's Euro 2016 clash between Wales and Northern Ireland.

Fellow Englishmen Michael Mullarkey and Stephen Child will be the assistant referees.

The all-British last-16 tie will be Atkinson's third game of this summer's championships after he officiated Germany's victory over Ukraine and Portugal's thrilling 3-3 draw against Hungary on Wednesday.

The Bradford-born referee was also in charge for last season's Capital One Cup final and the 2015 Europa League final.

Mark Clattenburg will also feature in the first round of the knock-out stages.

Englishman Clattenburg, who took charge of last month's FA Cup final as well as the all-Madrid Champions League showpiece, has been handed Switzerland's match against Poland on Saturday.

Clattenburg oversaw Italy's win against Belgium and the Czech Republic's 2-2 draw with Croatia which was marred by crowd trouble.

He stopped the game in the 86th minute when fans threw flares onto the pitch and fought in the stands.

The 41-year-old will be assisted in Saint-Etienne by compatriots Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner.

Former English referee Howard Webb was famously in the middle as Spain won the World Cup against the Netherlands in 2010 and has worked with ITV as a television pundit throughout the Euros.

Belfast Telegraph

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