Deniz Aytekin, the official who took charge of Barcelona’s historic triumph over Paris Saint-Germain could be demoted by UEFA after the referee came under pressure for several decisions in Barcelona 6-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.
Aytekin, 38, came under fire for his decision not to award Angel Di Maria a penalty after being taken out by Javier Mascherano during Barca’s 6-1 fightback.
The Barcelona defender later owned up, admitting: “It’s clear that I did foul Di Maria but I think that’s not the reason why we eliminated PSG.”
Italian legend and Uefa’s head of refereeing, Pierluigi Collina, will have the final say on whether Deniz Aytekin will take charge of another European fixture this season.
Sun report that Collina has a no-nonsense approach when it comes to cutting out refereeing mistakes and is likely to punish Aytekin.
The extent of the ref’s punishment will reportedly not stretch beyond a demotion to the Europa League, or simply being hauled temporarily out of the spotlight.
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