UEFA assigns a police officer to judge Real Madrid and Chelsea in the Champions League
The European Football Association “UEFA” has chosen Dutch international referee Danny Makeley to manage the match between Real Madrid and Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League next Tuesday.
UEFA announced today, Sunday, on its official website, that the Dutchman, Dani Makeli, will take over the arbitration of the Champions League semi-final first-leg match scheduled for next Tuesday between Real Madrid and its guest Chelsea at the “Alfredo Di Stefano” stadium.
Real Madrid and Chelsea are seeking to achieve a good result in next Tuesday’s match, in order to help them qualify for the final round before the return leg, scheduled for May 5.
Danny Makeley, who works as a police officer in addition to football arbitration in the Netherlands and has been an international referee since 2011, had previously judged one match for Real Madrid on the 16th of last March when the Royal Club defeated Atlanta 3-1 in the second leg of the final of the competition.
Makeley also managed two matches for Chelsea, the last of which was in the group stage in the 2017-2018 edition against Atletico Madrid, and the two teams ended with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, the stronghold of the Blues.
On Tuesday, Makeley will be assisted by his compatriots Hessel Stegstra and Jan de Vries, while the fourth Dutchman, Kevin Blume, will head the VAR team.
Real Madrid and Chelsea face in European competitions for the first time in 23 years, as the last time the two teams faced the “old continent” was in 1998 in the European Super Cup when Chelsea beat Real Madrid with a free goal.