Uefa sends Collina to monitor Barca-Madrid clash

Nyon, Switzerland – Uefa is sending Italian refereeing great Pierluigi Collina to monitor Belgian match official Frank de Bleeckere’s handling of a potentially volatile Champions League semifinals clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Uefa has named Collina, its head of referees, as official observer at the Camp Nou today.

After Barcelona won a bad-tempered first leg 2-0, Madrid made a failed protest to Uefa about German referee Wolfgang Stark sending off Pepe when the game was scoreless.

Collina was referee when the clubs last met in a Champions League semifinals, second-leg match.

In 2002, the sides drew 1-1 in Madrid allowing Real to advance and win the title.

Collina also refereed the 2002 World Cup final.

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