Prepare your highwayman jokes because French referee Clement Turpin has been assigned to oversee the second leg of Tottenham Hotspur’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 encounter against AC Milan on Wednesday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Since 2010, the 40-year-old referee has officiated at two World Cups and two European Championships, as well as the 2021 Europa League final and the 2022 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Turpin has Champions League experience.
Turpin has officiated 542 games in his career, including 257 in Ligue 1 and 40 in the Champions League. He has, however, only supervised three Tottenham games, with Spurs winning just one of them. The Frenchman will also be in charge of keeping the game under control between two sides who have had tense clashes in the past, most notably when former Tottenham coach Joe Jordan and ex-Milan player Gennaro Gattuso almost collided.
Turpin will be in charge of a Milan game for the third time on Wednesday. In 2021, he was the guy in the middle when Milan and Porto couldn’t be separated in their Champions League game, and before that, he was in charge of the Rossoneri against Arsenal, another north London side. Milan lost 0-2 at home in the Europa League match.
Turpin has whistled for Spurs three times, and the Londoners have won once, lost twice, and got a total of five yellow cards… and one penalty in their favour. Milan, on the other hand, has overseen one draw and one defeat, as shown above. In the two games, the Italians have only received one yellow card.
Who is the VAR in Tottenham vs. Milan?
Nowadays, disagreement may sometimes arise not on the field of play, but in the faraway box where the VAR staff is housed. Alejandro Hernandez, a Spaniard, will be keeping a close watch on the action in this match, searching for any evident faults.