Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers revealed what he said to the Argentine star Lionel Messi after trying to waste time at the “Camp Nou” during the Barcelona match against Liverpool in the Champions League.
On November 16, UEFA will release a documentary series on refereeing under the title “A Man in the Middle” to highlight the professional rigor, motivation, and dedication of some of the best referees in Europe, in addition to showing the human side that the players and fans do not see on the pitch.
The “UEFA” published some minutes of this film. The Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers appeared, referee to meet Barcelona and his guest Liverpool, in the European Champions League, rebuking Lionel Messi’s behavior in the round witch stadiums.
Messi’s shot returns to the season (2018-2019), during the first-leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the “Camp Nou” stadium, which ended with the Catalan team winning 3-0, before the thunderous fall at Anfield stadium with a quarter without a response, so Barcelona was attacked, no Especially since it was repeated after the defeat in front of Roma and the elimination of the “Champions” the previous season.
Kuipers revealed his words to the Argentine flea in one of the balls, saying: “Come on Messi, hurry up, show me respect, always do this, come on,” referring to him to know that Lionel Messi wanted to waste time.
UEFA’s documentary series aims to identify the refereeing perspective to face a high-level match and the pressure they are exposed to and deal with on the pitch.
In addition to the Messi scene, the instructions are given by the “Far” referee to Konate Shaker to cancel the goal of Argentine striker Sergio Aguero against Manchester City against Tottenham in the Champions League also appear in the season (2018-2019), and the referees’ admissions of the difficulty of their profession.
Roberto Rossetti, Chairman of the European Referees Committee, added about the goal of the idea of the documentary series, saying: “It highlights the professional rigor, motivation, and dedication of some of the best referees in Europe, in addition to showing the human side that the players and fans do not see on the field.”
“This is very important for the families of the rulers and us,” Rossetti concluded.
It is noteworthy that Liverpool won the Champions League title that season, after defeating Tottenham Hotspur (2-0) in the final held at the “Wanda Metropolitano” stadium in Madrid.