Clement Turpin: who is the referee for the Bayern Munich vs Manchester City Champions League quarter-final?
City are in total control of the tie and the man in the middle will be hoping for a drama-free 90 minutes.
Hands up if you’re giving Bayern Munich any chance of reaching the Champions League semi-finals by overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit to Manchester City. We’ve seen comebacks of fairly epic proportions in the competition over the years but there haven’t been any in 2022-23 as yet. Maybe we are due one on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena?
Can Bayern pull off an incredible comeback against City?
Goals from Rodri, Bernardo Silva and – obviously – Erling Haaland in Manchester have put Pep Guardiola’s side in complete control of the tie and the likelihood of the Bundesliga giants turning things around appears even more remote when you consider that they haven’t exactly set the world alight domestically either since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment as manager a few weeks ago.
After posting a crucial win over title rivals Borussia Dortmund in the former Chelsea manager’s first match in charge, Bayern were knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Freiburg, scraped past the same opponents a few days later in the league and were surprisingly held at home by Hoffenheim following their European humbling at the Etihad.
City fans will be hoping for a stress-free, drama-free evening in Bavaria, as will Clement Turpin, who has been appointed as the referee for Wednesday’s tie.
Where is Clement Turpin from?
If you’ve been watching the Champions League for any length of time, you’ll likely recognise Frenchman Turpin. The 40-year-old has officiated in Ligue 1 in his homeland since 2008, when he was just 26, and became a FIFA-listed referee in 2010. He made his European club competition debut in the Europa League in 2010-11 and became a UEFA Elite group referee in 2012. Since then, he has taken charge of 41 Champions League fixtures.
Turpin’s most high-profile matches
Turpin has refereed at a number of major tournaments, including the European Championships in 2016 and 2020 (2021), the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and the Olympic Games in 2016. After being the man in the middle for the 2021 Europa League final between Manchester United and Villarreal, he was then selected as the match official for the 2022 Champions League final, which saw Real Madrid defeat Liverpool. It’s fair to say that Turpin is no stranger to the big occasion.
In his previous 41 Champions League matches, Turpin has issued 139 yellow cards (3.39 per game), 10 reds (0.24 per game) and given 21 penalties (0.51 per game). He has taken charge of four Champions League games this season, the last of which was the goalless draw between Tottenham Hotspur and Milan in the second leg of their round of 16 tie.
Who is VAR for Bayern Munich vs Manchester City?
Turpin will lead an all-French team of match officials, with Jérôme Brisard acting as Video Assistant Referee, assisted by Willy Delajod.
Running the lines will be Nicolas Danot and Benjamin Pages, while Jérémie Pignard will be the man facing the brunt of the complaints from both benches as fourth official.