SERBIAN referee Milorad Mazic has been confirmed as the referee for the 2016 Uefa Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla next month.
The 43-year-old will take charge when the Spanish La Liga rivals lock horns in the European showpiece for the second time in three years at Trondheim’s Lerkendal Stadion in Norway on Tuesday, August 9.
He will be assisted by his regular European team of officials – linesmen Milovan Ristic and Dalibor Djurdjevic, and additional assistants Danilo Grujic and Nenad Djokic, all of Serbia.
Poland’s Szymon Marciniak has been given fourth official duties, while fellow countryman Tomasz Listkiewicz will be on standby as the reserve assistant.
The appointment has been described by Uefa as “perhaps the most prestigious assignment of his career”.
Mazic – a company director in the meat industry in his home country – has just returned after handling three games at Euro 2016 in France.
He oversaw the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Sweden and Spain’s 3-0 win over Turkey in the group phase, as well as Belgium’s 4-0 victory over Hungary in the last 16.
Mazic, who was also fourth official for France’s 5-2 quarter-final win against Iceland, issued 13 yellow cards at the tournament but didn’t send off a player or award a penalty.
He was voted the worst referee at the 2014 World Cup in a poll of over 85,000 responses.
Mazic failed to award Iran a second-half penalty in their 1-0 defeat by Argentina and sent off Portugal’s Pepe among several dubious decisions in their 4-0 loss to Germany in his two group-stage games.
He has also been the centre of controversy on numerous other occasions – chalking off a legitimate Celtic goal in their Champions League play-off defeat by Malmo last season.
Mazic was described as “very bad” by Atletico Madrid’s Mario Suarez in their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid in 2015, with the midfielder questioning whether a Serbian should have been appointed to such a high-profile game.
The Yugoslavia-born official has been a regular in the Serbian SuperLiga since 2009, the same year he joined the Fifa list.
Since then, he has handled a number of key Champions League and Europa League games – many involving British teams.
Mazic has encountered Real Madrid twice before – in the 2014-15 Champions League in a 1-0 win over Basel in the group stages and the aforementioned goalless draw with Atletico in the last eight.
He also handled Sevilla’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Valencia in 2014, but was fourth official for the 2014 Europa League Final when Sevilla beat Benfica on penalties at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
The 41st Super Cup – the third all-Spanish edition in a row – takes place at the home of Rosenborg BK, which is the first Norwegian venue to host a major European final.
Real Madrid edged city rivals Atletico on penalties to lift the Champions League trophy last term, while Sevilla beat Liverpool 3-1 to secure their third successive Europa League triumph.
The last two Super Cups have been officiated by British referees, with England’s Mark Clattenburg in the middle for Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Sevilla in Cardiff in 2014 before Scotland’s Willie Collum oversaw Barcelona’s thrilling 5-4 victory against Sevilla in Tbilisi last year.