Celtic set for fiery Inter Milan encounter with Slovakian referee

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Europa League match official Ivan Kruzliak has been known to dish out a yellow card or six and is rather partial to a red card on the continent.

In a fresh twist ahead of Celtic’s Europa League showdown with Inter Milan at the San Siro, Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak has been picked to oversee the game - with the UEFA match official something of a colourful character.

Just 27 years of age, Kruzliak has amassed experience in his domestic league, Champions League and on the international stage.

Yet it’s his more recent performances that warrant particular attention, with the referee averaging around six yellow cards per game over his last seven outings.

The Slovakian is not averse to the occasional red card either, with his most recent dismissal coming back in November during a domestic fixture between Sered and Skalica.

After last week’s rather shaky performance against the Nerazzurri at Celtic Park, goalkeeper Craig Gordon will need to be on his guard with Kruzliak officiating the game.

Tottenham fans will be all too aware of the 27-year-old referee, following a controversial performance in Spurs’ 5-1 group phase victory over Asteras Tripolis.

With the clock running down on a one-way contest, Kruzliak wasted little time in sending off Hugo Lloris for upending one of the Greek side’s forwards with three minutes to go.

A debatable decision given the nature of the challenge, and with Spurs having no substitutes remaining, Harry Kane volunteered to go in goal and immediately conceded from the resulting free kick.

We hope Leigh Griffiths brought his gloves with him.

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