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Meet Cuneyt Cakir: The Erratic Referee For Chelsea/Barca Match

5 Things You Dont Know About Him

Cuneyt Cakir, a Turkish referee, is the man appointed to officiate the Champions League round 16 fixture between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge today. He officiated the last meeting between this 2 sides in the semi-final of the Champions League in 2012, where Chelsea held Barca to a dramatic 2-2 draw at Nou Camp.

Cakir 41, started his officiating career in the Turkish league in 2001. He has risen through ranks since then to officiate top matches in Turkish league, Champions League, UEFA competitions and World Cup.

Here are 5 amazing facts you don’t know about Cuneyt Cakir

  1. Barcelona and Chelsea have never lost any game officiated by Cakir in the Champions League.  He has officiated 6 Barcelona and 2 Chelsea games in the Champions League.  He officiated Barca’s 3-1 victory against Juventus at the 2015 UCL final in Berlin, as well as Barca against Benfica, Roma, Arsenal, and the game against Rubin Kazan and Chelsea which ended in all draws.

Cakir officiated his first Chelsea games in 2010, where the blues defeated Spartak Moscow 4-1 at the Stamford Bridge.

  1. Cuneyt Cakir is known to be triggered by simple mistakes in games, as he hardly overlooks error. He awarded a red card to John Terry and yellow carded 6 Chelsea and Barcelona players. Cakir awarded a total of 2 red cards and 10 yellow cards in his last 2 game at the Turkish Super League. He also officiated the Euro 2012 semi-final match between Portugal and Spain, where Çakır showed 9 yellow cards.
  2. Cuneyt Cakir became the first UEFA referee to officiate 2 different semi-final matches in 2016 Champions league game.
  3. Cakir’s biggest game at the FIFA World Cup came at the semi-final match between Netherland and Argentina in Brazil 2014.
  4. Cuneyt Cakir is one of the 10 European referees that will officiate at Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup in 2018.


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