Why Everton fans may be a little uneasy about Europa League referee

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Carlos Velasco Carballo is due to officiate Everton’s Goodison Park clash with Dynamo Kyiv and Roberto Martinez need not worry about rash red cards.

Just 24 hours from Bjorn Kuipers’ questionable display in Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain, Everton could be about to experience the other end of the spectrum when it comes to UEFA match officials.

The Dutch referee that took charge of the Blues’ 2-2 draw with the Ligue 1 giants last night had gone into the game with something of a reputation for rash decisions in Europe.

Anyone with knowledge of the Eredivise match official would therefore not have been massively surprised to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off in controversial circumstances in the first-half.

It was the third consecutive Champions League game in which the Dutchman dismissed a player, with the previous red card coming in similarly questionable circumstances.

Lazar Markovic was the culprit, with the Serbian sent off for an air-punch on one of his Basel opponents.

But, despite these incidents, Everton fans need not necessarily have the same worries when it comes to Carlos Velasco Carballo.

A seasoned La Liga referee with over a decade of experience under his belt, Carlos Velasco Carballo has something of a reputation for going easy on teams in Europe.

Since his first UEFA appointment back in August 2009, Carballo has issued just one red card in 41 appearances as a referee both in the Europa League and Champions League.

That single sending off, which saw Bastian Schweinsteiger dismissed against Manchester United last season, was also the result of two yellow cards, meaning Everton could yet be in for something of an easy ride.

Whether that spells good news against Dynamo Kyiv remains to be seen, however, with the Ukrainian side coming into this game with something of a negative reputation when it comes to disciplinary matters.

So far this season, Sergei Rebrov’s team has accumulated three red cards in the Europa League – more than any other team still in the competition – and could adopt a similar physical approach on Merseyside later.

Their Spanish referee was present at the 2014 World Cup, but came in for criticism in Brazil's quarter-final meeting with Colombia.

It was widely felt that Carballo failed to do enough to protect key players on both sides, with Neymar suffering a tournament-ending injury for a bad foul that ultimately went unpunished.

With the UEFA official proving hesitant in awarding cards in the past, Everton could be the ones to suffer this time around.

Despite this, a potentially tie-deciding early sending off looks unlikely at least.

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