Ovidiu Hategan certainly does his homework before refereeing Champions League matches as he made a key rule clear before Marcus Rashford scored a penalty for Manchester United vs Istanbul Basaksehir.
After a VAR check confirmed that Rashford was onside before he was recklessly brought down by Celtic loanee Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, the Romanian chief ensured there’d be no controversy.
Hategan went up to Istanbul keeper Mert Gunok and made it clear – both verbally and physically – to not leap off his line before the penalty was struck – which would lead to a retake.
This comes after Sam Johnstone was robbed of a dream moment by the flawed rule as his penalty save against Bruno Fernandes in this weekend’s controversial 1-0 defeat was chalked off.
Hategan also reminded players on the edge of the box not to encroach into the area, which would also lead to a retake.
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This rare sign of brilliant officiating deserves to win Hategan praise, it’s also abundantly clear that the level of refereeing for the Champions League is much better than what we seen in the Premier League.