From Bates Welfare to the San Siro

Former Northern Alliance referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of the UEFA Champions League clash between Real and Atletico Madrid in Milan on May 28th.

He’s also been chosen to officiate the Emirates FA Cup Final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United.

Northern Alliance Vice Chairman and Appointments Secretary George Penman said: “The Northern Football Alliance would like to congratulate Mark Clattenburg on reaching the pinnacle of European Club Football and National Football to being given the two showcase finals at the San Siro and Wembley in a seven day period.”

“Mark commenced his National Referee career at the Northern Football Alliance grounds of Bates and Newbiggin Welfares, Haltwhistle Crown Paints and Wheatridge Park and it’s great to see his progression.”

The 41-year-old, from Consett, told the FA Website: “I think every referee who hasn't refereed the Cup Final works hard every season to hopefully referee one of the most prestigious and important cup finals in the world.

“You set yourself goals at the start of the season, and mine was to referee in The FA Cup Final. It’s an honour and a massive achievement.”