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UEFA appoint novice to referee Juventus v Celtic

Date: 5th March 2013 at 7:38 am
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Champions League Celtic newsInexperienced Turk Firat Aydinus will referee Celtic’s Champions League tie with Juventus tomorrow night.

The 39-year-old from Istanbul was given his first Champions League tie earlier this season when he was in charge of the Bayern Munich v Valencia group match.

Aydinus is Turkey’s first full-time referee and has been registered with FIFA since 2006 and has quickly made his way through the ranks starting his top flight UEFA career as an additional assistant in the 2009/2010 Europa League campaign.

With Juventus leading 3-0 from the first leg it’s likely to be a quiet evening for Aydinus after his colleague Alberto Mallenco found himself the centre of attention during the first leg at Celtic Park.

The Spaniard showed no interest in the man-handling and rugby style marking of the Juventus players at set-pieces leaving Neil Lennon angry and frustrated after the match.

“It’s not rugby we’re playing, it’s soccer,” the Celtic manager said after the first leg. “I pointed it out to the referee at half-time in the tunnel area but he just waved me away. I made it clear to the players to flag it up to the referee in the second half, but he ignored our requests.

“They were being fouled, manhandled. Every time one of my players tried to move he was held. He should have given a penalty on at least two occasions.

“I’d like to know what the interpretation of the rules are in Italy or Spain, because it’s blatantly different to what they are in Britain from what I’ve seen tonight. They were fouling on every opportunity and he was staring right at it. So are the rules different in Spain? Because, on that showing, they must be.”

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