Out of the top five leagues, it’s commonly known that the English Premier League has the worst referees by far. Normally they’re confined to their little island across the channel, but during the Champions League a team like Bayern Munich may end up dealing with their nonsense as they’re appointed to officiate a key game between European super clubs.
Unfortunately, it’s happening AGAIN. UEFA have announced that English referee Michael Oliver has been appointed to the game between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes this Tuesday. The reactions in the replies tell the whole story — fans are despondent over this decision.
Official: English referee Michael Oliver has been appointed to officiate Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 first leg between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Bayern. #UCL pic.twitter.com/HJVdj652dH— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 12, 2023
Michael Oliver, like any other English ref, is terrible at his job. Bayern got him last season during the 1-1 draw to RB Salzburg in the first leg of the Ro16. He’s also officiated our games vs Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, so the team is intimately familiar with his antics.
Honestly, the only saving grace here may be the fact that the English dislike the French even more than they dislike the Germans, so that may factor into the decisions. Otherwise, expect a full game of PSG gamesmanship and playacting going totally unpunished, and Bayern players getting booked for no discernable reason.
In short, prepare for a nightmare.
Interested in a proper, in-depth look at the game? How should Bayern Munich line up, what tactics should the team use, and what kind of impact will this game have on the future of Julian Nagelsmann? We have all that and more in the latest episode of our podcast. Listen to it below or on Spotify.
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