Clattenburg and Thomson on Champions League duty

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg and Scottish whistler Craig Thomson have been handed Champions League group stage assignments on Tuesday night.

In the middle: Clattenburg has often grabbed the headlines but is held in high regard by Uefa
In the firing line: Clattenburg has often grabbed the headlines but is held in high regard by Uefa

BRITISH referees Mark Clattenburg and Craig Thomson have been handed midweek Champions League group stage assignments.

English Premier League official Clattenburg will oversee the Group H clash between Shakhtar Donetsk and Athletic Bilbao in Ukraine.

Scottish whistler Thomson will be in charge of Sporting Lisbon’s must-win Group G encounter against Maribor in Portugal.

Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic) for Belgium v Wales 16th Nov 2014
In the middle: Czech Republic’s Kralovec is regularly involved in Europe’s elite competition

Elsewhere, Pavel Kralovec and Jonas Eriksson are the men in the middle when the two English sides take to the field on Tuesday night.

Kralovec – who recently handled Wales’ goalless draw against Belgium in Euro 2016 qualifying – will officiate Manchester City’s win or bust tie with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium in Group E.

Jonas Eriksson (Sweden) - Scotland v England at Celtic Park (18th Nov 2014)
Experienced: Eriksson was selected for the Champions League last 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals last term

Meanwhile, Swedish millionaire Eriksson – who refereed England’s friendly with Scotland last week – will take control of Chelsea’s Group G trip to German giants Schalke in Gelsenkirchen.

Clattenburg was praised by Everton boss Roberto Martinez for his performance in the Toffees’ 2-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday.

The 39-year-old – from County Durham – was recently dropped for breaking protocol after travelling from a West Brom game at the Hawthorns in his own car to attend an Ed Sheeran concert in Newcastle while also speaking on his own to Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock.

Referee Craig Thomson after sending off Stevie Smith - Hearts 2-0 Rangers (22nd Nov 2014)
Centre of attention: Thomson will oversee his second Champions League group game of the season

Thomson was in the spotlight at the weekend after sending off Rangers player Stevie Smith in their 2-0 defeat by Hearts in the table-topping Scottish Championship contest at Tynecastle.

The 42-year-old solicitor – who was in charge of last season’s Scottish Cup final – has long been regarded as Scotland’s leading official although many believe that he has now been overtaken in that respect by fellow Fifa candidate Willie Collum.

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