Manchester City’s Champions League referee goes yellow card crazy

Pavel Kralovec, the Czech official selected to referee Manchester City’s clash with Bayern Munich, dished out cards aplenty in Teplice this weekend.

Fresh from Tasos Sidiropoulos’ card-happy showing in Manchester City’s disastrous 2-1 home defeat by CSKA Moscow last time out in the Champions League, Sky Blues fans could be in for another interesting night in Europe with Pavel Kralovec in charge.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side picked up four yellow cards and two reds against the Russians with CSKA contributing a further three bookings in a busy night for the Greek referee.

And if the form of Kralovec, the official chosen to oversee City’s home encounter with Bayern Munich, is anything to go by, another eventful evening could well be in store.

The Czech referee certainly had a busy time of it over the weekend, officiating a domestic league clash between Teplice and Dukla Prague that featured a whopping eight yellow cards.

A penalty was also awarded to the hosts, Teplice, and duly converted Jan Krob in game’s most decisive moment.

It was the second successive Teplice home game in which Kralovec has awarded eight yellow cards and while his Champions League record is relatively normal, last season’s group stage clash between Ajax and Barcelona at the Amsterdam Arena suggests he could get a little card-happy this Tuesday.

A grand total of seven yellow cards and one straight red were shown that day in November 2013, with the dismissal resulting in a penalty for the Catalans.

With City still smarting from a night of contentious decisions at the Etihad in Europe, which included an error from Sidiropoulos that mistakenly allowed Pontus Wernbloom to avoid also being dismissed for CSKA, Sky Blues fans will be hoping to avoid a similar incident on Tuesday at the very least.

But with Kralovec’s performances ranging from the sensible to the absurd in recent times, anything could and will happen once Bayern come to town.

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