Champions League Final Referee Szymon Marciniak Under Investigation Ahead of Man City vs Inter Milan

Champions League Final Referee Szymon Marciniak Under Investigation Ahead of Man City vs Inter Milan

Martin Moses
June 2, 2023 at 3:22 PM
  • Szymon Marciniak is under investigation after he was spotted talking to a controversial politician
  • Marciniak, who refereed the World Cup final, was meant to officiate the Champions League final
  • UEFA promised to disclose its findings as early as June 2 ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan

The governing body for football in Europe - UEFA - has begun to investigate referee, Szymon Marciniak after he was spotted talking to a far-right politician.

Marciniak, who is due to officiate the Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan on June 10, now faces being stood down pending the results of the investigation.

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Szymon Marciniak during the FIFA World Cup final in Qatar on December 18, 2022. Photo by Anthony Bibard.
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The Polish referee has been in charge of high-profile games, most recently the World Cup final between Argentina and France, as well as Manchester City's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

The Athletic reports that Marciniak was seen talking to Slawomir Mentzen - the leader of the Confederation Party who is known for his anti-Semitic and homophobic positions - at a networking event.

"We stand against Jews, gays, taxation, and the European Union," Mentzen controversially said during an event in 2019.

He also released the White IPA beer that is said to mock the Black Lives Matter movement.

In a statement, UEFA said it was aware of the allegations and further promised to provide a way forward after looking at all the facts.

"UEFA and the whole football community abhor the ‘values’ that are promoted by the group in question and takes these allegations very seriously. A further announcement will be made tomorrow, after reviewing all the evidence," the football body stated, as quoted by the Guardian.

The event is said to have taken place on May 29, with Marciniak's Facebook fan page sharing photos of him from the event.

Mourinho's feud with Anthony Taylor

In what is proving to be a difficult week for UEFA referees, Sports Brief also reported on Jose Mourinho hurling obscenities at referee, Anthony Taylor after AS Roma lost the Europa League final to Sevilla on May 31.

The Portuguese tactician was far from happy with some of the decisions made by the English referee, who has had a number of run-ins with the Special one in the past during his time as manager in the Premier League.

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