De Bleeckere will miss the UCL Final

Being in his last year of international refereeing, Frank De Bleeckere (BEL) was considered as the main candidate for the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final. Everything seemed to go well for him until two weeks ago when his initial appointment for a quarter-final was suddenly replaced by UEFA with a semi-final. He will be refereeing in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, either FC Barcelona - Real Madrid (Tuesday, 3 May 2011) or Manchester United - Schalke (Wednesday, 4 May 2011). Having been appointed for a semi-final, De Bleeckere will miss his last chance for a Champions League final.