Wolfgang Stark may have attracted plenty of criticism from the Barca camp but has revealed that his boss is happy with his work.
German referee Wolfgang Stark, who officiated the first leg of the Champions League semi-final clash between
“It was a very spiteful contest in some areas and, although I do not advocate ugly fouls or dangerous plays, I deemed that it was normal for a Champions League semi-final,” he told German news agency DPA.
“I did not send off Ballack [with a second yellow card] simply because there was no reason to. He committed a normal foul and I awarded Barcelona a direct free kick.
“In any case, after the match, a delegate of UEFA told me and my assistants that Michel Platini was very satisfied with our work.”
With the help of former referees Pierluigi Collina, Hugh Dallas and David Elleray, Angel Maria Villar, who is part of the UEFA Committee and who is also president of the Spanish Football Federation, will choose the match officials for the return clash between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
KS Leong, Goal.com