Champions League Referees: March 19
The Champions League referees for Wednesday, March 19 have been announced. UEFA have clearly moved away from using non-Elite referees in these matches, because these guys are about as Elite as they come.
Arguably the world’s top ref, Bjorn Kuipers (above), will referee Manchester United’s tie against Olympiakos. Moyes and company shouldn’t have much to complain about there; Kuipers is as strong as they come.
In fact, it’s interesting that Kuipers was chosen to referee both of the last Europa League ties and now this match. It’s more evidence that he may be the top choice for May’s Champions League final.
Alberto Undiano Mallenco of Spain* takes Dortmund v. Zenit. Spain’s top referee, Undiano will officiate El Clasico this coming Sunday, as well.
*I cracked myself up by accidentally typing “Alberto Undiano Mallenco of Space.” They’re so desperate for good referees they’re recruiting space aliens now…