French official Clément Turpin has been appointed by UEFA to referee the Champions League semi-final second leg clash between Inter and Milan, as pointed out by L’Équipe. The Nerazzurri won the first leg 2-0 against their arch-rivals courtesy of goals from Edin Džeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, both coming at the start of the match.
Turpin is no stranger to the pressure of high-stakes Champions League game. Last season, he officiated the competition’s final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Paris. Turpin will turn 41 on Tuesday, which will be the day of the game.
Last week, he had sparked controversy over his handling of the all-important Ligue 1 clash between RC Lens and Marseille. The French official left Les Phocéens coach Igor Tudor fuming after disallowing Alexis Sánchez’s opening goal. The Artois side eventually won 2-1. The Inter-Milan showdown will be officiated by an all-French refereeing team. Stéphanie Frappart will be the fourth official. Jérôme Brisard and Benoît Millot will be in charge of VAR.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval