There is a judge against Napoli! The Romanian Kovacs will referee Barça for the first time

Published:15/02/2022 - 20:49h

Updated:15/02/2022 - 20:49h

The Romanian referee Itsvan Kovacs will referee the first leg of the Europa League play-off between FC Barcelona and Napoli. The 37-year-old referee will be accompanied by three compatriots on the field and two German referees in the VAR

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Itsvan Kovacs Is the referee assigned by the UEFA for the party of gone of the 'playoff' of the Euorpa League between the FC Barcelona and the Napoli. It will be the first time that the Romanian direct a party of the Barça, the one who already arbitrated to the Italians in the season 2019-20 in front of the Genk (0-0 in the phase of groups of the 'Champions'). The referee will be accompanied by his compatriots Vasile Florin Marinescu and Ovidiu Artene in the bands, while Horatiu Fesnic will be the fourth referee.

In the VAR will be the German Bastian Dankert and Christian Dingert, that this year only have had international participation in the phase clasificatoria of the Conference League. Kovacs, by his part, directed three parties of the phase of groups of the Champions League 2021-22. The first of them was on 29 September in Kiev. A 0-0 between Shakhtar and Inter where grieve showed a yellow card to the Italians. His second apparition in the tournament was in Belgium in the goleada of the Manchester City to the Witches (1-5) on 19 October. This day, the Romanian admonished to three local players and to a 'citizen'. Besides, it sanctioned a penal in favour of the ones of Pep Guardiola.

His last continental apparition of produced on 2 November in Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in the fall of the Seville in front of the Lille (1-2). It was a very complicated day for the referee of 37 years, the one who admonished to a total of 11 players (five Spaniards and six French). Besides, it hit in pitar a penal in favour of the visitors that supposed the transitory tie in the first time. In spite of the quantity of apercibido, there were not expulsions in this day.

In the current Europe League, Itsvan only directed a party of previous phase between the Zorya Lugansk Ukrainian and the Rapid Vienna (2-3). The Ukrainians finished leaving to the Conference League, where the same Kovacs arbitrated them in the phase of groups of this tournament (victory 4-0 of the Rome). Now, the Romanian assumes the commitment to arbitrate one of the parties of elder morbo in the 'playoff' of the second more important competition of Europe. All the looks will be put in Camp Nou the Thursday from the 18:45, peninsular hour; and the Romanian knows it.

First party in the Europe League for the Barça from 2004

The last time that the Barça contested a party of Europe League, the competition still called 'Glass UEFA'. The Italian Domenico Messina was the attendant to arbitrate the tie between the directed by Frank Rijkaard and the Celtic (0-0). The Scottish finished advancing to the quarter-finals of tournament thanks to the solitary goal of the midfield player Alan Thompson (1-0). Celtic And Barça would see the faces in September by the phase of groups of the 'Champios', where the blaugranas would take desquite.

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