UEFA sends Collina to monitor Barca-Madrid clash
UEFA is sending Italian refereeing great Pierluigi Collina to
monitor Belgian match official Frank de Bleeckere’s handling of a
potentially volatile Champions League semifinals clash between
Barcelona and Real Madrid.
UEFA has named Collina, its head of referees, as official
observer at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
After Barcelona won a bad-tempered first leg 2-0, Madrid made a
failed protest to UEFA about German referee Wolfgang Stark sending
off Pepe when the game was scoreless.
Collina was referee when the clubs last met in a Champions
League semifinals, second-leg match.
In 2002, the sides drew 1-1 in Madrid allowing Real to advance
and win the title.
Collina also refereed the 2002 World Cup final.