After the controversial performance in Milan’s Champions League wins over Napoli, UEFA has reportedly decided to remove Istvan Kovacs from European games for the remainder of this season. Read complete details about UEFA Drop Milan-Napoli Referee From European Ties below.
UEFA Drop Milan-Napoli Referee From European Ties—Report
Several controversial calls made by the 38-year-old Romanian referee contributed to an already tense atmosphere in the quarterfinal match between the two Italian teams. Kim Min-Jae was ruled out of the second leg after receiving a questionably soft booking.
Still, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa was sent off for picking up two yellow cards, and Rafael Leao was not booked for destroying the corner flag with a petulant kick. Equally frustrated by the referee’s failure to award several clear penalty shots was Milan.
Following his performance in the match between Milan and Napoli, UEFA has decided that Kovacs will not be allowed to referee any more European games for the remainder of the season.
Italian journalist Luca Cerchione reports it. Before the Milan-Napoli match, Kovacs had officiated four Champions League games this season, including Real Madrid’s 5-2 Round of 16 wins over Liverpool.