Clattenburg is a controversial figure.
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The Englishman appointed to referee the European Championship final Sunday has enjoyed a roller coaster career that saw him appointed as the youngest elite referee in England and then survive a series of setbacks before rising to the top.Clattenburg, 41, is a controversial figure reportedly unpopular among England's conservative refereeing elite, but supported by ex-referee and UEFA refereeing chief Pierluigi Collina.The former head of England's elite referees' organization, Keith Hackett, said Clattenburg had beaten the system, and had been rightly rewarded with Sunday's final. Hackett said England's refereeing bosses had pushed referee Martin Atkinson as their candidate to represent England at the European Championship, but Collina had pressed Clattenburg's cause. Both teams in the final have a number of English Premier League players who Clattenburg will know well.
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