REFEREE WHO OFFICIATED BARCELONA VS CHELSEA IN 2012 TO OFFICIATE TONIGHT’S GAME

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Chelsea and Barcelona were up against each other six years ago, as the Blues defied the odds to beat Barca in the Champions League semifinals 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and play out a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp as Chelsea went on to win the Champions League under Roberto Di Matteo.

Cuneyt Cakir officiated the 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Barcelona at the Nou Camp six years ago, in a historic game that saw the Blues come back from two goals down to draw the game, and the Turk has been chosen to officiate tonight’s game between the European rivals.

The 41-year-old was the man in the centre in the semifinal of the 2011/12 campaign at the Camp Nou, that saw Lionel Messi miss a penalty and Barcelona drew 2-2 with the Blues, meaning they were eliminated because of a first leg loss.

Cakir has had his controversial moments in high profile games and had sent off John Terry for kneeing Alexis Sanchez, but Chelsea still progressed to the final of the Champions League in 2012.

His most infamous game came in the 2012-13 game when Manchester United had hosted Real Madrid in the second leg of the Round of 16 round at Old Trafford. He had very controversially sent off Nani for a foul on Alvaro Arbeloa and hadn’t awarded United deserved penalties twice in the game as Real eliminated United from the competition.

Hopefully, Cakir will be at his best tonight.

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