Champions League final: Szymon Marciniak to remain as referee after speaking at event organised by Polish far-right leader

2R26P4K Manchester, UK. 17th May, 2023. Referee Szymon Marciniak during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on May 17th 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/ Credit: PHC Images/Alamy Live News

Szymon Marciniak will remain as the Champions League final referee after he apologised for speaking at an event organised by Polish far-right leader Slawomir Mentzen.

Poland’s Marciniak, 42, will take charge as Manchester City face Inter Milan in Istanbul on 10 June. There were calls for him to be replaced after he attended the Everest business conference in Katowice on 29 May. Uefa said after an investigation that “we unequivocally reject the values promoted by a group linked to this conference”.

Marciniak, who refereed the World Cup final between Argentina and France in December, said he had been “gravely misled” and “completely unaware” about the affiliations of the conference. “I want to express my deepest apologies for my involvement and any distress or harm it may have caused,” he said in a statement.


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