Controversial Turkish referee to officiate Chelsea – Porto Champions League clash

Chelsea's defender John Terry receives a red card from Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir

Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır will officiate the Chelsea – Porto Champions League clash at the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 9 December.

Çakır will be joined by Bahattin Duran, Tarık Ongun, Mustafa Eyisoy, Hüseyin Göçek and Barış Şimşek for the Match Day 6 clash.

Chelsea are currently joint first in Group G on 10 points alongside Porto but need a win to guarantee a Last 16 place. with five points after five games while Barcelona are first.

The Turkish referee has a reputation for being harsh on English club players in European competition and famously sent of Chelsea star John Terry in the same competition.

Çakır is the most experienced Turkish referee at International and European level and has taken charge of over 70 UEFA matches including the Champions League final last season. His assistant Barış Şimşek was recently praised by Mesut Özil for awarding his goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

“[For my goal] I had a shot at goal and Manuel saved it brilliantly. After two or three seconds I saw that the referee was signalling a goal and I was relieved. It was clear that we had won the game at that point and I’m pleased with that,” Özil told the official Arsenal website.

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