Poland’s Marciniak named world’s best referee of 2023
WARSAW — Szymon Marciniak of Poland was named the 2023 Men’s World Best Referee by the International Federation of Football Historians and Statistics (IFFHS) on Thursday
The 42-year-old Pole won the award with 175 points, followed by Daniele Orsato of Italy with 95 and France’s Clement Turpin with 64, reported Xinhua.
Marciniak had also won the 2022 award after his performance officiating the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.
In 2023, he refereed the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan in Istanbul.
“It was a great year with beautiful matches and good decisions, but as it happens in refereeing, there were also decisions that should have been better,” said Marciniak.
“I give thanks to my team, my family and all friends for always and everywhere supporting me. I wish a happy new year to all football fans. Remember that there is no football without referees, so respect us,” he concluded.