Why Everton are in safe hands against physical Dynamo Kyiv

Bundesliga official Deniz Aytekin is due to take charge of the Toffees' European clash and that could spell good news for Roberto Martinez

Dynamo Kyiv have racked up more red cards than any other side still in this season's Europa League and against Everton you could see exactly why.

But despite Sergei Rebrov's side adopting an over-physical approach in their encounter with the Toffees just one of the Ukrainian team's players received a yellow card at Goodison Park.

That came despite rough challenges on the likes of Gareth Barry and James McCarthy, with the latter knocked into by striker Dieumerci Mbokani.

The Congo international picked up the only booking of the game for that collision and in truth he was lucky not to have received his marching orders having gone up for the ball with his elbows out.

In truth, Everton should not have been surprised with Spanish official Carlos Velasco.

Something of a lenient match official, Velasco is most famous for taking a laid-back approach to the 2014 World Cup quarter final between Brazil and Colombia.

It was a decision that proved costly for the hosts with Neymar picking up an tournament-ending injury after a foul from Juan Zuniga.

Things should be altogether different this time around in Kiev, however, with 36-year-old German official Deniz Aytekin due to take charge.

A no-nonsense referee, the experienced Bundesliga official has never been afraid to brandish his cards and heads into this match having sent off a player in his most recent outing in the German second tier.

Aytekin takes a strong approach to any potentially dangerous play too, regardless of the time or place, with Basel's Serey Die dismissed just 18 minutes into a Champions League group stage game with Ludogorets played earlier this season.

With a firm hand likely to be necessary in Ukraine, Everton could be the beneficiaries this time around.

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