Controversial Referee Set To Take Charge Of European Champions Cup Final

Newcastle bound.

Jérome Garcès of France will referee the European Champions Cup final between defending champions Leinster and two-time winners Saracens at St James’ Park next month.

It will be the Frenchman’s first ever Champions Cup final in charge, and follows on from him refereeing Saracens in their semi-final clash with Munster last weekend.

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Garcès is a controversial figure to say the least and is well known particularly for allowing a huge contest at the breakdown. He was hugely criticised for his performance in the Munster versus Sarries game, making his appointment all the more interesting.

How big of an effect will he ultimately have on the final?