Norwegian Referee Dominated Champions League Quarter Final

The all-important Real Madrid-Galatasaray UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg match in Madrid on Wednesday was officiated by referee Svein Oddvar Moen from Norway; his assistants were Kim Thomas Haglund and Frank Andas and the fourth official was Sven Erik Midthjell.

During the game, the young referee dominated the game with his controversial decisions. He skipped two penalties for the away team, Galatasaray, while he was criticized for his faul decision before the third goal by Real Madrid.

The Galatasaray coach, Fatih Terim criticized him and described Moe as an amateur for such a big game. The Spanish media also wrote that he made major mistakes by skipping the penalty position against Burak Yilmaz in 79th minute of the game.

The 34-year-old Moen officiated in a Champions League quarterfinal between Bayern Munich and Marseille in 2012. He was also in charge of the CL second round first leg between Bayern and Arsenal on Feb. 19 at the Emirates Stadium and mistakenly awarded a corner to Arsenal that resulted in Arsenal’s only goal.

The controversial moments were discussed in football forums:

The penaly positions in the first half and in 79th minutes. The referee ruled to continue the game in both positions.

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