Who is Clement Turpin, the referee for the Champions League second-leg between Tottenham and Milan? French official Clement Turpin will oversee the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday. With a place in the quarterfinals at stake, Spurs will be hoping to overcome a one-goal deficit against the Serie A team. Turpin, a 40-year-old FIFA-listed referee since 2010, has an impressive resume, having officiated at two World Cups, two European Championships, the 2021 Europa League final, and the 2022 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Turpin, with 542 games under his belt, including 257 Ligue 1 and 40 Champions League fixtures, will be the referee for the Tottenham vs Milan match. However, Turpin has only officiated three Tottenham games, with Spurs winning just one. He will have the crucial responsibility of overseeing the game between two teams that have had heated confrontations in the past, notably when former Tottenham coach Joe Jordan and ex-Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso nearly got into a physical altercation.
Wednesday night’s match between Tottenham and Milan will mark only the third time that Turpin has refereed a Milan game. Last year, he was the referee when Milan faced Porto in the Champions League, and the game ended in a draw. Prior to that, Turpin refereed a Europa League match between Milan and Arsenal, where Milan lost 0-2 at home.
In the three matches that Turpin has officiated for Tottenham, they have won once, lost twice, and received a total of five yellow cards. Tottenham was also awarded one penalty during those games. As for Milan, Turpin has only refereed for one draw and one loss, as mentioned previously. Milan has only received a single yellow card in the two games that Turpin has refereed for them.
In modern times, disputes may arise not only on the field of play but also in the distant VAR box. The upcoming match between Tottenham and Milan will be monitored by Spanish referee Alejandro Hernandez, who will carefully scrutinize the game for any blatant mistakes using VAR technology.