16 September 2012
The Real Madrid-Manchester City game on the first match day of the Champions League group qualifying round will be refereed by Damir Skomina. It will be the third time the Slovenian referees a Whites match. The two previous occasions resulted in wins for Real Madrid against Ajax (2-0) in the 2010/11 Champions League group qualifying round and against Olympique de Lyon (3-0) in the return leg of the round prior to the quarter-finals in the same campaign. Curiously, both fixtures were played in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, just like the match this Tuesday. He has refereed Manchester City on one occasion in the past in which they played an away match. That was against Nápoles (2-1) in the group qualifying round of the last campaign.
Damir Skomina has been chosen to referee the Real Madrid-Manchester City match, which will be played this Tuesday in the Santiago Bernabéu at 20:45. It will be the third time he referees a Real Madrid match. The first occasion was on September 15, 2010, against Ajax (2-0) in the group qualifying round and the second was on March 16, 2011, against Lyon (3-0) in the return leg of the round prior to the quarter-finals in the same campaign.
Born in Koper on August 5, 1976, the Slovenian is a tourism organiser who has been refereeing since 1994 and joined FIFA in 2003. In addition to refereeing for the European U-17, U-19 and U-21 championships, he has participated in other big continental fixtures such as the final of the last EUFA Super Cup between Chelsea and Atlético (1-4) and international tournaments like the UEFA Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland and the Beijing Olympic Games.