István Kovács has been appointed referee for City's third Champions League group stage match this season, as they make the short trip to Belgium to face Club Brugge on Tuesday 19 October.
The Romanian man in the middle has never taken charge of a Manchester City first team game, although he was in Manchester last season to oversee a Europa League game between United and Spanish side Granada. Kovács actually did referee a UEFA Youth League match way back when - over seven years ago - when City's U19 team beat Bayern 4-1 in 2014, with the infamous left-back who returned for a short spell two seasons ago, Angeliño getting on the score sheet. He will be reunited with a few familiar faces having refereed his fair share of international matches - including a England Nations League game - but he's a new face as far as City are concerned.
Referee: István Kovács
Assistants: Vasile Florin Marinescu and Mihai Ovidiu Artene
Fourth official: Marian Alexandru Barbu
VAR: Paolo Valeri
Assistant VAR: Fedayi San
UEFA Referee Observer: Lutz-Michael Fröhlich
UEFA Delegate: Rotem Kamer
Written by @coIgcra.
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