UEFA have appointed Jonas Eriksson to take charge of next Wednesday’s showdown against Sevilla.
The multi-millionaire has refereed Liverpool matches several times in the past, most recently when we travelled to St Jakob-Park for a Champions League group game in 2014. We lost 1-0.
The real controversy, however, arrived back in 2010. Back then we were playing a UEFA Cup semi-final against Benfica, and Rafa was in charge.
We lost 2-1, but Benitez was incensed by the ref’s decision not to show Luisao a red card for a wild challenge on Fernando Torres. Ryan Babel was sent off in the melee.
“I was surprised because a foul from behind is more serious,” Benitez said at the time.
“It is a big difference when you kick a player from behind to a player touching another in the mouth. It is difficult to understand.” (via Echo).
Outgoing Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini also ended up on the wrong side of his calls after a game against Barcelona. The Chilean accused Eriksson of “not being impartial” and said he was “on Barcelona’s side from beginning to end”.