Szymon Marciniak was the man in the center for the 2023 Champions League final and a bizarre video of his pre-match preparations has been released online

Bizarre video shows Champions League final referee practicing showing yellow card ahead of match – Daily Mail

Bizarre footage shows Champions League final referee practicing handing out a yellow card in the dressing room ahead of Man City’s historic win

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Behind-the-scenes footage has surfaced online showing the bizarre preparations referee Szymon Marciniak went through for the Champions League final before officiating.

Manchester City went on to record a historic victory in Istanbul, with Rodri’s precise shot proving to be the decisive goal of the game, helping Pep Guardiola’s side win their first Champions League title and the Treble by beating Inter Milan 1-0.

Marciniak was the man in the middle for this momentous affair, which saw the referee judge eight games in European competition last season, including City’s semi-final against Real Madrid.

And while the European showpiece is arguably one of the biggest and most watched matches on the football calendar, a bizarre video has been posted online of the referee practicing showing his yellow card in the dressing room ahead of the final.

During the clip, which was initially posted by Man City to highlight the occasion, the Polish referee is seen marching forward to what appears to be a mirror and pulling out a yellow card and holding it high in the air, as he practices showing a yellow card.

Manchester City claimed the title this year, with Pep Guardiola (bottom right) ending a 12-year wait for a European trophy

He went on to be booked six times during the match, including one for Simone Inzaghi in the sixth minute of stoppage time, after expressing his displeasure on the touchline, with Inter launching a late attack on Man City but failing to score a late goal. to get an equalizer. .

The 42-year-old is next seen looking deeply into his reflection in a mirror, perhaps pepping himself up to headline the match, with AS reporting that an estimated 450 million people around the world would tune in to watch at least one part of the match to watch .

Marciniak, who also refereed the 2022 World Cup final between France and Argentina in December, claps his hands before turning to inspect his earpiece.

He was joined in the officiating duties by his compatriots Paweł Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz who walked the pre-match lines, as well as Romania’s fourth official Istvan Kovacs, and is seen talking to his team in the dressing room.

He calls up his team and says to his team, ‘Are you ready guys? To enjoy.

“We have all this time with the decisions guys. If necessary, it takes five seconds.’

He then turns around and then slams his hand against the wall and says, ‘Let’s go!’

In the bizarre video, the referee can be seen practicing showing a yellow card in the dressing room
Rodri (left) scored the only goal of the match helping City beat Inter Milan to their historic Treble
Some fans online were mystified by the video showing the referee practicing while waving his card
Marciniak and his team of referees all received medals after the Champions League final

Fans online have responded to the video with a claim: “I actually can’t believe umpires practice showing the card in front of a mirror.”

While another added: “Fantastic new behind-the-scenes video of Manchester City at the Champions League final, but my highlight is the referee warming up practicing his yellow card technique.”

It comes after UEFA revised his nomination for the Champions League final after Marciniak was accused of speaking at an event hosted by a far-right leader.

The referee was then allowed to officiate the final after UEFA sought clarification of the allegations, while the referee also apologized to UEFA.

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