Om will face PAOK Salonica in the second leg of the Conference League quarter-finals at La Tumba this Thursday. UEFA appointed an experienced referee between Marseille and the Greek club for this poster, an official accustomed to the Champions League and whistled during the recent eighth comeback between Real Madrid and PSG.
At the end of the 32nd day of L1 on Sunday, days before a classic between PSG and OM, the symbol is entertaining. UEFA has appointed Dutchman Danny McKeely to lead the second leg of the Conference League quarter-finals in Thessaloniki this Thursday. In a duel that promises to heat up between Falkenes and the Greek team, especially after the events of the first leg and Marseille’s victory (2–1), the official must speak about all his experience of the major events. .
But Danny McLy shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the stakes of such a shock. And for good reason, on March 9, Batavian was whistling during PSG’s defeat against Real Madrid (3-1) in the knockout stages of the Champions League. A wink that OM supporters would appreciate after his referee decisions didn’t really help the Parisians… as in the liaison between Gianluigi Donnarumma and Karim Benzema at the Merengue equalizer.
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Deprived of several officials for their trip to Greece, OM will have to deal with the withdrawal of Milik and Ballerdi, as well as the suspensions of Boubacar Kamara, Gerson and Bamba Dieng during this quarter-final second leg of the Conference League. Suspended for this continental match, Jorge Sampaoli will be replaced by Jorge Desio, his deputy on the bench. That’s why the Argentine technician will not face Danny McLee directly.
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Accustomed to distributing cards on the European scene this season (32 yellows and 2 reds in 9 games), the 39-year-old Dutch official is not necessarily synonymous with good memories for Ligue 1 clubs.
This season, he refereeed Lille in a draw against Wolfsburg (0–0) or AS Monaco’s defeat against Chaktor Donetsk in the Champions League play-off (0–1). The 2021-2022 campaign marked by several setbacks such as the Liverpool-Atletico (2-0) or the duel between AC Milan and the Reds (1-2) during the pool. This stormy conference league quarter-final between PAOK and OM recently marks Real-PSG Danny McKeely’s last European trip.