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The Barcelona – PSG referee is particularly harsh

It is the Romanian Istvan Kovacs who will be on the whistle for the quarter-final return between FC Barcelona and PSG.

Paris Saint-Germain will have to seek qualification for the semi-final of the Champions League on Barcelona soil. Defeated 3 goals à 2 at the Parc des Princes, the teammates of Kilian Mbappé are obliged to win at the Lluís Companys stadium. The meeting, relocated to the Montjuic Olympic stadium due to the work at the Camp Nou, promises a great clash between two clubs which did not participate in the match. in the last square of the competition for several editions.

À the day before a crucial match for the two teams, UEFA revealed the name of the man in black who will officiate for this quarter-final second leg of the competition. It is the Romanian Istvan Kovacs who will referee the twenty-two actors. Barcelona. The 39-year-old referee has already won the match. referee 21 C1 matches in the past, including the semi-final first leg between Manchester City and Real Madrid in 2022. It was also he who refereed the match. the round of 16 second leg of the Europa League between Marseille and Villarreal. The Marseille club then requested, without success, UEFA to change referee due to differences during the 3rd preliminary round lost by OM against Panathinaïkos during which the Romanian had expelledé Geoffrey Kondogbia.

PSG has already met Istvan Kovacs twice, in 2019 during a 5-0 victory against Galatasaray, and this season during the 4th rout against Galatasaray. 1 against Newcastle. Opposite, Barça n'a crossedé only once did the route of the Romanian referee, in the Europa League for a round of 16 against Napoli concluded with a score of one goal everywhere.

A particularly harsh referee

In 21 Champions League matches, Istvan Kovacs has carved out a goal for himself. the reputation of having the easy yellow card. With just over five yellow cards distributed per match on average, he is one of the referees who sanction players the most in the competition. This item is available for purchase. take particular into consideration for Paris Saint-Germain, while several players are under suspension for a possible semi-final in the event of qualification. These include the two central defenders Lucas Hernandez and Martin Skriniar, as well as Vitinha, goalscorer for the team. the first leg and Manuel Ugarte. On the other hand, the Parisians will be able to count on the return of their full-back Achraf Hakimi from suspension. Opposite, FC Barcelona will have to do without Sergi Roberto and Andreas Christensen, both suspended.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116