Clasico referee revealed

Jesus Gil Manzano has been revealed as the referee for the Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona on April 23.

According to Marca, Manzano will be rewarded for a “great campaign” at the Santiago Bernabeu, receiving the full confidence of the referee’s committee in Spain and the country’s Football Federation (RFEF).

The 33-year-old has been a La Liga referee since 2012 and was made a FIFA official two years later, before being given his first Clasico – also in the capital – that October [pictured].

However, he is known for his card-happy tendencies, having sent three players off in February’ Copa del Rey semi-final second leg between Barca and Atletico.

He was also branded a ‘thief’ by Villarreal fans after he awarded Madrid a controversial penalty in their 3-2 comeback win at La Ceramica a month ago.

Nonetheless, the referee’s committee values Gil Manzano as “one of Spain’s best in both the present and future” and will confirm him in two weeks’ time.

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