Following on from last week's appointment of the best referee in the world, UEFA have pulled out all the stops again for the next clash between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as renowned English official Mark Clattenburg has been named as the man in charge for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg. Clattenburg of course is a familiar face to both Barcelona fans and players, as he was last seen taking charge of our 3-1 quarter-final second-leg win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.
On that night, Clattenburg had a relatively mixed game, only issuing three yellow cards -- although two of those were shown to Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique for a couple of innocuous looking challenges. In general though, Clattenburg received praise for allowing the game to flow, and a few minor quips aside, Barça fans could be happy with what they saw on the night from the Premier League veteran.
The same could be said about Nicola Rizzoli last week; the Italian was virtually anonymous -- and for a referee, that's usually an indication that the officials have had a good game. Following a rule change implemented at the start of the season, no player can miss the upcoming final in Berlin through suspension due to yellow card accumulation, although as per usual, a red card would see any unfortunate player ruled out of contention, pending an appeal.
As such, it's hard to envisage Clattenburg's appointment having much of an impact on Tuesday; what do we think Cules? Are we happy to see Clattenburg back so soon, or would you have preferred to see another ref in the middle at the Allianz Arena?