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EL CLASICO

Barcelona's 'lucky charm' Clos Goméz to referee El Clásico

Barcelona have never lost a game when referee Clos Goméz has been officiating, while Real Madrid have lost four with him in the middle. Will his presence give Barça a psychological edge?
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Carlos Clos Goméz will be the referee for El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Camp Nou on 3 December (16:15 CET), according to Spanish radio station COPE. 

The announcement comes as welcome news to Barça fans: the Catalan side has never lost when Clos Gómez has been the man in the middle.

Barça: W17, D3, l0

Clos Gomez reffed the Spanish SuperCup first leg in 2012

The official from Aragon has taken charge of 20 Barcelona games in his career, with the Azulgranas winning 17 and drawing three of those. Clos has also awarded four penalties in Barça’s favour and two against. He’s never sent a Barça player off but dished out two yellow cards.

Madrid: W18 D5 L4 

In the 27 Real Madrid matches that Clos has looked after meanwhile, Los Blancos have won 18, drawn five and lost four. He’s shown them five yellows, no reds and awarded five penalties in their favour.

Clos' 1st LaLiga Clásico 

The game on 3 December will be the referee’s first ever El Clásico in LaLiga, although he has officiated Real v Barça games in the past. The first came in Barça’s 3-2 win over Madrid in the Spanish SuperCup first leg in 2012 and the other in a Copa del Rey draw.

Otherwise, Clos may be remembered by Madrid fans for committing ten errors, according to then-manager José Mourinho, when Los Blancos played Sevilla at the Bernabéu in the 2010/11 season.