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Who is Daniele Orsato, the referee for PSG-Real Madrid?

The Italian official has shown an average of 4.25 yellow cards per game in the Champions League.

Italian referee Daniele Orsato gestures during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group E football match between Spain and Poland at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville, Spain, on June 19, 2021. (Photo by David Ramos / POOL / AFP)

The Champions League clash between PSG and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes in the Champions League round of 16 (Tuesday, 15:00pm ET) will be officiated by Daniele Orsato.

The Italian referee takes charge of a Real Madrid Champions League fixture for the fifth time. The first was a memorable night for Madrid as they defeated Malmo 8-0 at the Santiago Bernabéuin the 2015/16 group stages.

The last time he refereed Los Blancos was in their 2-0 defeat away to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg in 2020/21. Madrid have a 2-2 record with Orsato as the referee.

Who is Daniele Orsato?

Orsato, 46, is one of the most experienced referees in European football. His experience should let the game today flow as both sides look to advance to the quarter-finals.

He was born in Vicenza and has been a UEFA referee since 2010. Before becoming a referee, he was a coach.

Champions League stats

The Italian has shown an average of 4.25 yellow cards per game in the Champions League. He has refereed 40 times in Europe's top competition and has only shown seven red cards (five double yellows and two straight reds). He has also awarded 11 penalties.