Already known the referee of the final that FCBarcelona has the day after tomorrow against Bayern Munich. This is the veteran Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan, 41 years old, and who enjoys internationality since 2008. It is striking because it is the second time that the Romanian referee whistles FC Barcelona in this edition of the Champions League. Does little more than a month, the referee crossed with the team then of Sergi Barjuan. It was during the visit to Kiev on November 2 that ended with a victory by the minimum of FC Barcelona.
Hategan claim to fame in December last year as a result of the alleged “racist” incident that occurred in the match between PSG and Turkish Basakshir and that forced to suspend the encounter. Incident caused by the conversation between Hategan himself and the fourth Coltescu referee where they used the term “black” to address a Turkish team player. Action that was reported by Pierre Webo, former player of the Spanish league and member of the coaching staff of the Turkish club.
Players from both teams they withdrew off the pitch and it wasn’t until the next day that the match resumed. UEFA opened an investigation that concluded with the sanction of Coltescu himself, who was disqualified from participating in a match in UEFA competitions until June 30 for inappropriate behavior and addressing a Turkish team player with the expression “black ”. The resolution also set a warning to the assistant of that meeting, Octavian Sovre, who, like Coltescu, had to attend an educational program before June 30. The referee Hategan was not sanctioned in any way.
Its about third duel of the Champions League that the Romanian referee directs this season. It was precisely his debut this season in Atlético de Madrid’s competition at the Metropolitano against Porto that ended with a 0-0 draw.
Barcelona have never lost to Hategan
It will be the sixth time that the veteran collegiate whistles the Barça team. And until now The balance is very positive, with four wins and a draw. FC Barcelona has never lost to the Romanian as referee. Precisely the only draw came before the last one against Kiev. This is the match played in the 2019-2020 season against Borussia Dortmund in the group stage. Encounter that ended goalless.
The other three previous precedents, all of them with victory, were also in the group stage. In 2018-2019 with a 2-1 victory at home against Inter Milan. A season before with the 1-0 away win against Sporting de Portugal. And the first was the 7-0 win at the Camp Nou against Celtic in the 2016-2017 season.