Romanian referee, Istvan Kovacs, has been put in charge of Manchester City's Champions League fixture against Real Madrid. The Blues host the Spanish giants in the first of a two-leg affair at the semi-final stage of the competition. The match is to be played on the 26th of April, kicking off at 8 pm (BST).
The 37-year-old has now made 10 appearances in the Champions League since 2018/19 after being appointed referee for the first leg of City's tie against Atletico Madrid. In those 10 games, he has brandished 48 yellow cards and 1 red card.
In his previous City game, he handed out 5 yellow cards, which is nothing compared to the 11 he dished out earlier this season during Sevilla against Lille – the joint second-most in a game in Champions League history.
This Tuesday's fixture will not only be a testing game for the referee, but also for Pep Guardiola's side – however, they know that they can beat Real Madrid. In City's 2019/20 Champions League run, they faced Real Madrid in the round of 16 and beat them 2-1 in both legs.
Referee: Istvan Kovacs
Assistants: Vasile Florin Marinescu and Ovidiu Artene
Fourth Official: Artur Dias
VAR: Marco Fritz
Assistant VAR: Bastian Dankert
Written by: @Ptolemy04
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