Controversy is up in the air following the appointment of Dutchman, Danny Makkelie, to officiate Saturday’s Champions League quarterfinal match between Manchester City and Olympique Lyon at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal, Completesports.com has learnt.
According to a report by L’Equipe, UEFA’s appointment of Makkelie, as the centre referee of a match which result could favour his country’s club Ajax in next season’s Champions League campaign, is debatable.
Ajax, a 10th ranked team by UEFA, will qualify to start next season’s Champions League from the group stage if Manchester City defeat Lyon in Lisbon. City have already picked next season’s UCL spot, while Lyon are the only current quarter-finalists without a berth in the next competition.
Retired Dutch referee, Dick Jol, has promptly weighed into the controversy, dismissing UEFA’s appointment of his compatriot to referee the Man City – Lyon clash as a “misguided and incredibly stupid” decision.
“Given the interests of the Netherlands, UEFA should never have put Danny Makkelie in this situation. I have no doubts about his honesty, but France risks doing a lot on this matter, and asking for a change of arbitrator, ” the 64 year old told L’Equipe.
He insisted: “UEFA should change and give Danny a good semi-final”, he insisted.”
37 year old former police officer, Makkelie, officiated at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as a Video Assistant referee (VAR), and could be remembered for a controversial penalty kick he awarded to France against Croatia in the final.
A year later. the Dutchman who has been a FIFA-listed arbiter since 2011, also worked as at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France as a Video Assistant referee. And he masterminded two controversial retaken spot-kicks in the tournament. Firstly, when host France pipped Nigeria 1-0 and Italy’s first goal in 5-0 win over Jamaica.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.