Kelechi Iheanacho and his Manchester City teammates have been handed Serbian referee, Milorad Mazic to handle their highly anticipated Match Day Three UEFA Champions League away clash to Barcelona at Camp Nou.
This will be Mazic’s third Champions League assignment this season (Rostov 4-1 Ajax, Benfica 1-1 Besiktas).
The interesting fact about Mazic’s appointment is that this will be the fourth time in the last five seasons he’s been assigned as referee for a Manchester City match in the Champions League.
City won only one of the first three games officiated by Mazic, so there’s some conspiracy theories for those who believe in same.
Though some may say he is not one of the most famous referees, Mazic no doubt is one of the top officials in the game.
He’s largely seen as been fair, doesn’t like to shine and isn’t fond of too many bookings (4.46 yellow cards/game average), knowing how to conduct a football match without having to show cards all the time.
Mazic was the referee in two Barça matches in his career, both at Camp Nou in the Champions League group stage, against Sparta Moscow (3-2 win, 2012) and AC Milan (3-1, 2013)