Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea will be the referee for Wednesday's, February 6, mouthwatering Copa Del Rey El Clasico pitting Barcelona against Real Madrid.
The Spaniard was on the receiving end of vexed Madrid fans back in 2017, after he sent off ex-Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in El Clasico.
And after being given his marching orders, Ronaldo, seething with rage, pushed Bengoetxea and was hit with a hefty fine, further sparking animosity between the ref and Los Blancos faithfuls.
Express (UK) quoting Ok Diario (Spain), say Real Madrid fear that Barcelona may win the bulk of decisions by officials and VAR following the history between Bengotxea and Los Blancos.
Tonight's showdown promises to be an explosive match as usual as both teams will playing their second El Clasico of the 2018/19 season in the first leg semi finals of the Copa del Rey.
Barca qualified for the last four at the expense of Sevilla in a thrilling encounter over two legs as Ernesto Valverde's side overturned a 2-0 deficit in the first leg to win 6-1 at the Camp Nou.
The encounter saw Phillippe Coutinho score a brace, while Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi added their names to the scoresheet to complete the 6-3 aggregate win.
Legit.ng previously reported that five time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 34th birthday by teaching his one-year-old son some basic football skills.
The Portuguese star, who joined Juventus in August 2018 turned a year older on Tuesday, February 5, and spent the entire day with his family.
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