- Tom Cayless
Szymon Marciniak appointed as referee for Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Following last week's 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, it is all to play for on Wednesday evening as Manchester City host Real Madrid in the second leg of the 2022/23 Champions League semi-final. UEFA has appointed Syzmon Marciniak as the referee for the encounter, which kicks off at 20:00 (BST).
Rather fittingly, Marciniak is a referee for the big stage. The Pole was given the ultimate honour of officiating the Qatar 2022 World Cup final. During the game, Marciniak awarded three penalties, with Lionel Messi converting the first and Kylian Mbappe the latter two before the match was decided via a penalty shootout.
Regarding cards, the 42-year-old isn't afraid to dish them out. In the Champions League alone this season, Marciniak has awarded 23 yellow cards and two red cards in just six games, an average of four cards per game.
Marciniak has officiated the Blues previously. He took charge when City visited Dutch side Feyenoord at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. Pep Guardiola's side ran out 4-0 winners courtesy of a John Stones double and goals from Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
Referee: Szymon Marciniak
Assistants: Pawel Sokolnicki & Tomasz Listkiewicz
Fourth Official: Istvan Kovacs
VAR: Tomasz Kwiatkowski
Assistant VAR: Bartosz Frankowski
Written by: @TomCayless_
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