Referee confirmed by UEFA for Celtic vs Real Madrid; match history and info
UEFA have confirmed the refereeing appointments for Celtic’s return to the Champions League against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Swiss official Sandro Scharer will be the main referee for the Celtic Park clash, assisted by his fellow countrymen Bekim Zogaj and Jonas Erni running the line, and fourth official Jonas Fahndrich.
Video Assistant Referee duties will be carried out by Fedayi San, with Tomasz Kwiatkowski his assistant.
It’s the first time that Scharer will have been the main referee for either side, but he was on fourth official duties for Real’s 4-3 defeat to Man City in their run to the final last season.
Scharer is also no stranger to our Group F rivals Leipzig. The 34-year-old sent off Kyle Walker at the Red Bull Arena in the Bundesliga side’s 2-1 win over City in last year’s group stage.
It was one of the Swiss’ three games as a main referee in the 2021-22 Champions League group stage, the others being Zenit’s 1-0 home defeat to Juventus and Club Brugge’s famous 1-1 home draw with a star-studded PSG side.
He has mostly been used as a Europa League and Swiss Super League referee, but also took charge of Celtic’s 21-22 Europa Conference League rivals Bodo/Glimt’s 1-1 draw against Zalgiris in Kaunas in this season’s Champions League qualifiers.
Scharer will be hoping for a quiet night as brand new semi-automated VAR is set to be used for the first time in the competition to assist with offside calls.
This, of course, won’t be Celtic’s only experience with VAR this season, as the technology is set to be introduced to Scottish football following the World Cup, a decision which has led to much controversary and criticism of the SFA in recent months.
Rarely a day goes by without refereeing discourse in Scottish football, here’s hoping that the discussion following Tuesday’s glamour tie is about the football, rather than the man in the middle.