Damir Skomina
Damir Skomina.jpg
Skomina in a match (2018)
Full name Damir Skomina
Born (1976-08-05) 5 August 1976 (age 43)
Koper, Slovenia, Yugoslavia
Years League Role
Slovenian PrvaLiga Referee
Years League Role
2003– FIFA listed Referee

Damir Skomina (born 5 August 1976) is a UEFA Elite category football referee from Slovenia.

Refereeing career

He was born in Koper.[1]

Skomina was the fourth referee at several UEFA Euro 2008 matches.[citation needed] He refereed the quarter-final match of the football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[citation needed]

Skomina refereed the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Arsenal and Milan.[citation needed] He also refereed in the Champions League quarter-final match between Chelsea and Benfica at Stamford Bridge on 4 April 2012.[2]

At UEFA Euro 2012, Skomina refereed three (3) matches: two group matches and a quarterfinal between Germany and Greece.[3] Later that year, he was appointed as a referee at the 2012 UEFA Super Cup between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.[3]

He was the fourth official in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final.[citation needed]

Damir Skomina was unveiled as the referee for 2015–16 UEFA Champions League second-leg semi-final fixture between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabéu on 4 May 2016.[citation needed]

He was the referee at the final round of 16 fixture between England and Iceland,[citation needed] as well as the quarter-final match between Wales and Belgium at UEFA Euro 2016.[citation needed]

He was appointed as the referee for the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final, between Ajax and Manchester United on 24 May.[4]

On 29 March 2018, FIFA announced that he will officiate some matches at 2018 FIFA World Cup along with Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan as assistant referees. [5]

On 13 February 2019, he cancelled a goal from Ajax using VAR in the first time of UEFA Champions League history.[citation needed]

Skomina was selected to officiate in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final between English clubs Tottenham and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on 01 June 2019. Skomina awarded Liverpool a penalty kick in the 1st minute after Moussa Sissoko deflected a cross by Sadio Mane with his hand. Mohamed Salah scored the penalty for Liverpool, who went on to win 2-0.

FIFA World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia
Date Match Venue Round
19 June 2018  Colombia Japan Samara Group stage
28 June 2018  England Belgium Kaliningrad Group stage
3 July 2018  Sweden  Switzerland Saint Petersburg Round of 16


  1. ^ http://worldreferee.com/site/copy.php?linkID=522&linkType=referee&contextType=bio
  2. ^ "Chelsea 2 Benfica 1 (3–1 agg): Lampard and Meireles set up Barcelona showdown". Daily Mail. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Referee Skomina appointed for UEFA Super Cup". UEFA.com. 30 August 2012. Archived from the original on 11 November 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Damir Skomina to referee Europa League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  5. ^ "List of Match Officials at 2018 FIFA World Cup" (PDF). fifa.com. 29 March 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Serbia Milorad Mažić
UEFA Champions League Final Referees
Succeeded by
[to be determined]
Preceded by
Sweden Jonas Eriksson
UEFA Europa League Final Referee
Succeeded by
Netherlands Björn Kuipers