Football. Champions League: is Clément Turpin the best French referee? – Football



Champions League (final). Liverpool – Real Madrid, Saturday (9pm), at the Stade de France (Saint-Denis)

“He is one of the best French referees with Benoît Bastien and Ruddy Buquet. Without a doubt even the best! “For former international referee Stéphane Bré there is no doubt: Clément Turpin fully deserves to referee the final of the Champions League. “He is very pedagogical, empathetic. He explains his decisions and whistles in harmony”. The Costa Rican is full of praise for his colleague. De Bourguignon’s style of refereeing, which is known for the continuity of the game and saving as much as possible whistles, adapts perfectly to the demands of European competitions. “At this level, we are asked to solve the malfunctions. And he is a real partner in the game, adds Stéphane Bré. It has a very smooth reading which makes it less whistle.”

A lot of umpires have a little haughty manners. But he is not aggressive, he keeps a cool head.
Lucas Deaux

“Referees are often criticized in their country”

A constant shared by Lucas Deaux, who currently plays in Dijon: “We can consult with him. He is in dialogue. A lot of umpires have a little haughty manners. But he is not aggressive, he keeps a cool head. The former midfielder of En Avant Guingamp, at the club during the controversial defeat to Paris SG in 2018 (1-3), does not stop him. “Obviously it’s not the same game at half-time at 2-0. And then it turned our season upside down. But that’s the way it is, everyone makes mistakes. We know there is a “double standard” arbitration against the big teams.”

I remember a controversial game this season when the Lyon leaders criticized his decisions, saying: “Turpin doesn’t have the level”. But he gives the answer on the ground. I don’t know if he has the level, but he plays in the Champions League.
Stephane Brec

“Referees are often criticized in their country,” says Stéphane Bré. Everyone will agree that it is easier to referee a European Cup match. We are freer because there is no antecedent and the leaders are more understanding.”

“I remember a controversial game this season when the Lyon leaders criticized his decisions, saying: ‘Turpin doesn’t have the level,’ explains the one who currently holds the position of video assistant. I’m not sure if it’s very instructive But he gives the answer on the ground, I don’t know if he has the level, but he plays in the Champions League.

36 years of scarcity

At just 40 years old (he had them on May 16), Clément Turpin will lead his 35th Champions League game. And not just any one. It has been 36 years since a French referee led a C1 final, while between 1972 and 1986 there were five referees at this prestigious event. How to explain this long desert crossing? “You have to ask UEFA that,” says Stéphane Bré. I already think that we are underrepresented in key positions such as arbitration committees where we can lobby a lot. Then there was certainly a problem with the English language skills. About ten years ago there was still moderate speaking, now the referees are perfectly bilingual. They have been professional referees for seven and eight years. The physical preparation and the video analysis of the matches are very thorough”.

Clément Turpin, here with Robert Lewandowski, will referee his 35th Champions League game. (EPA file photo)

This award is the result of constant progress for Clément Turpin. The youngest referee in Ligue 1 in 2008, at the age of 26 he was the fourth referee in the 2018 Champions League final (already between Real Madrid and Liverpool) and was on the whistle of the Champions League final. Europa League last season between Villarreal and Manchester United. He was also selected for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, his second World Cup after that in Russia in 2018. “It is not easy to maintain this consistency at the highest level for such a long period of time,” concludes Stéphane Bré. This is the year of dedication for him, his team

and the whole of French arbitration”.

* Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore as assistants, Benoît Bastien as fourth referee, Jérôme Brisard and Willy Delajod as video assistant.

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