Champions League Referee April 22: Jonas Eriksson
The Atletico Madrid v. Chelsea Champions League semifinal will be officiated by The Big Swede: Jonas Eriksson.
Eriksson has been very active in European action this season. In addition to some Europa league matches (including Tottenham’s), he refereed Manchester City v. Barcelona in the Group of 16 and Bayern Munich v. Manchester United in the quarterfinals.
He’s performed pretty well in all of those matches, despite what Manuel Pellegrini says.
Unfortunately, drawing this match almost certainly rules Eriksson out of refereeing the Champions League final. He’s been a possibility until now (even Pierluigi Collina assessed one of his matches).
But no referee has refereed both the semifinal and the final.
Bjjorn Kuipers of Netherlands is still in the hunt, but Eriksson’s appointment to this match makes things weird for another possible final referee candidate, Felix Brych of Germany. This would have seemed a better match for him, since he can’t referee a German team. If Bayern go through, he’s out for both the quarterfinal and the final, which would be a shame given his current form.
We may see him on the return leg of this one.