We have a whistle blower for the next Manchester City match.
UEFA announced the list of referees and assistants assigned to each of the sixteen Champions League matches taking place this week, and Viktor Kassai from Hungary has been appointed as the official for Tuesday's Group C match between Manchester City and Barcelona at Etihad Stadium. This will be Kassai's second Champions League assignment this season (PSG 1-1 Arsenal, group stage).
Kassai is without a doubt one of the best referees on Earth today. Although he's a little bit of a fan of bookings (4.56 cards per game), he rarely makes wrong decisions, knows how to conduct a match in the disciplinary side and is usually fair with his card distribution.
The 41-year-old has officiated matches from Barça and City before. His most famous game involving these two teams was the 2011 Champions League Final, when Pep Guardiola's Barça team beat Manchester United at Wembley Stadium to win the European Cup. Kassai also refereed a humiliating 4-0 loss Barça suffered at hands of Bayern Munich in 2013. The only time Kassai was the official in a Man City was also in a loss to Bayern Munich, in the group stage of the 2011/12 season.
So this is a great referee for what promises to be a great game. Perfect.