Arsenal referee for Bayern Munich clash carries card-happy reputation

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Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir has brandished red cards in four of his last five outings as a match official and Arsene Wenger should be concerned.,

Arsenal’s must-win encounter with Bayern Munich at the Emirates has been given an extra edge ahead of kick-off with the news that Cuneyt Cakir will serve as referee for the Champions League clash.

The Turkish match official has something of a reputation for being a strict disciplinarian, with yellow and red cards a regular fixture in games involving the 38-year-old.

Used in one Champions League group phase fixture already this term, Cakir officiated during Real Madrid’s trip to Malmo, dishing out a total of seven yellow cards.

Two of these yellows went to Malmo defender Yoshimar Yotun, with the Peruvian dismissed with 12 minutes of the game remaining.

Meanwhile, his most infamous red card to date came during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as Manchester United boss, with Cakir playing a pivotal role during a Champions League knockout phase encounter between the Red Devils and Real Madrid.

Coming back in March 2013, this particular dismissal proved the pivotal moment of the tie, with Manchester United leading the match and the tie until Nani was given a straight red for a high tackle on Sergio Ramos.

Real Madrid went on to win 2-1 and advanced to the next round, with Ferguson left fuming at Cakir’s performance.

In more recent times, the Istanbul-born match official has been similarly card happy, despite regularly being used in the Turkish Super Lig and by UEFA in a variety of capacities.

Over the course of his last five games as a referee, for instance, Cakir has handed out 24 yellow cards and four reds.

With officials of this type proving problematic to Premier League teams in Europe in the past, Arsenal’s chances of victory over Bayern may have just got a little slimmer.

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