UEFA has already defined the four referee observers who will be in charge of the match officials' observation and assessment in UEFA Champions League next week. As UEFA's chief officer in terms of refereeing, Pierluigi Collina, will go to Manchester's Old Trafford stadium, it is certain that Italian Nicola Rizzoli is unable to handle this match.
For Collina, it will be his fourth "nomination" for Manchester Utd. - Real Madrid. In 2000 and 2003, he whistled this match himself at Old Trafford (2:3 and 4:3). Last year, he furthermore returned onto the pitch taking charge of the Corazon Classic Match between Real Madrid and ManU in Santiago Bernabeu.
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5 March 2013, 20:45 CET
Manchester United - Real Madrid
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)*
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (Slovenia)
- no Italian and no Slovenian officials can handle this match, prediction: Cüneyt Cakir (Turkey)
Borussia Dortmund - Shakhtar Donetsk
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (Slovakia)
- Královec' team may not handle this match due to Roman Slysko, who comes from Slovakia, prediction: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
6 March 2013, 20:45 CET
Juventus Turin - Celtic
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (Serbia)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (Spain)
- no Spaniards for this match, prediction: Firat Aydinus (Turkey)
Paris S.G. - Valencia
UEFA Referee Observer: David Elleray (England)*
UEFA Delegate: Geir Thorsteinsson (Iceland)
- no English referees and probably no Scottish referees either. Committee member Elleray indicates that Milorad Mazic (Serbia) or another ED referee could get this match.
* UEFA Referee Committee