Damir Skomina

Damir Skomina (born 5 August 1976) is a Slovenian former UEFA Elite category football referee.

Damir Skomina
Damir Skomina.jpg
Skomina officiating a 2018 World Cup match
Full name Damir Skomina
Born (1976-08-05) 5 August 1976 (age 45)
Koper, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia[1]
Domestic
Years League Role
Slovenian PrvaLiga Referee
International
Years League Role
2003–2021 FIFA listed Referee

Refereeing careerEdit

Skomina was the fourth referee at several UEFA Euro 2008 matches.[2] He refereed the quarter-final match of the football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[3]

Skomina refereed the second leg of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Arsenal and Milan.[4] He also refereed in the Champions League quarter-final match between Chelsea and Benfica at Stamford Bridge on 4 April 2012.[5]

At UEFA Euro 2012, Skomina refereed three matches: two group matches and a quarterfinal between Germany and Greece.[6][7][8] Later that year, he was appointed as a referee at the 2012 UEFA Super Cup between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.[9]

He was the fourth official in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final.[10]

Damir Skomina was unveiled as the referee for 2015–16 UEFA Champions League second-leg semi-final fixture between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabéu on 4 May 2016.[11]

He refereed 4 matches at UEFA Euro 2016. Refereeing 2 group stage matches. he was the referee at the final round of 16 fixture between England and Iceland,[12] as well as the quarter-final match between Wales and Belgium at UEFA Euro 2016.[13]

He was appointed as the referee for the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final, between Ajax and Manchester United on 24 May.[14]

On 29 March 2018, FIFA announced that he will officiate some matches at 2018 FIFA World Cup along with Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan as assistant referees.[15]

On 13 February 2019, he cancelled a goal from Ajax using VAR in the first time of UEFA Champions League history.[16] Skomina was selected to officiate in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final between English clubs Tottenham and Liverpool at Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on 1 June 2019.[17] Skomina awarded Liverpool a penalty kick 20 seconds into the match after Moussa Sissoko stopped a cross by Sadio Mane with his arm. Mohamed Salah scored the penalty for Liverpool, who went on to win 2–0.[18]

Skomina officiated the iconic 2019–20 UEFA Champions League quarter-final match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich played at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Bayern Munich won the match 8–2, inflicting Barcelona's worst defeat in 69 years.[19]

In August 2021, he retired as referee due to health problems, specifically his knees.[20]

FIFA World CupEdit

2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia
Date Match Venue Round
19 June 2018   Colombia  Japan Samara Group stage
28 June 2018   England  Belgium Kaliningrad Group stage
3 July 2018   Sweden   Switzerland Saint Petersburg Round of 16

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Damir Skomina – Matches as referee". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  2. ^ Chaplin, Mark (19 December 2007). "UEFA Euro 2008 referees". UEFA.com. Nyon: Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Brazil v Cameroon 2008 Olympics". FIFA.com. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Arsenal-Milan 2012". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  5. ^ McNulty, Phil (4 April 2012). "Chelsea 2-1 Benfica (agg 3-1)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Netherlands-Denmark". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Sweden-England". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Germany-Greece". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Referee Skomina appointed for UEFA Super Cup". UEFA.com. 30 August 2012. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Rizzoli to referee UEFA Champions League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Real Madrid Man. City 2016". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  12. ^ "England-Iceland". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Wales-Belgium". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Damir Skomina to referee Europa League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  15. ^ "List of Match Officials at 2018 FIFA World Cup" (PDF). fifa.com. 29 March 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  16. ^ Malyon, Ed (13 February 2019). "Ajax vs Real Madrid: VAR decision clouds otherwise intriguing first leg, plus four other things we learned". Independent. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Referee team appointed for UEFA Champions League final in Madrid". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  18. ^ Taylor, Daniel (1 June 2019). "Liverpool win Champions League after Salah and Origi sink Tottenham". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Bayern destroy Barca in Champions League quarter-final". en.as.com. 14 August 2020.
  20. ^ Plestenjak, Rok (30 August 2021). "Konec je. Največji v zgodovini Slovenije ne bo več sodil. Zdaj bo prvi mož Izole". siol.net (in Slovenian). Retrieved 30 August 2021.
Sporting positions
Preceded by UEFA Champions League Final Referee
2019
Succeeded by
Preceded by UEFA Europa League Final Referee
2017
Succeeded by