With the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 fast approaching, excitement is reaching a fever pitch as PSG prepares to take on Real Sociedad in a highly anticipated showdown at the Parc des Princes. Adding to the anticipation is the recent announcement by UEFA regarding the match's officiating team.
As the countdown to the first leg match dwindles, all eyes are on Italian referee Marco Guida, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing this pivotal encounter. Guida, aged 42, brings a wealth of experience to the pitch, having already officiated three Champions League fixtures earlier in the season.
UEFA appoints referee for crucial Champions League clash
Guida's previous Champions League assignments include high-profile matches such as Lens vs. Arsenal (2-1), Manchester United vs. Copenhagen (1-0), and Antwerp vs. FC Barcelona (3-2). His consistent and composed officiating style has earned him respect and recognition among players, coaches, and fans alike.
This marks Guida's fourth participation in the prestigious European competition, and his return coincides with yet another opportunity to arbitrate a PSG match. Notably, Guida previously presided over PSG's third group-stage fixture against RB Leipzig on October 19, 2021.
In that thrilling encounter, PSG emerged triumphant with a hard-fought 3-2 victory. The match was punctuated by two penalty kicks converted by the legendary Lionel Messi, while star forward Kylian Mbappé narrowly missed another opportunity in the dying moments of the game.
For the upcoming clash against Real Sociedad, Guida will be supported by assistant referees Ciro Carbone and Giorgio Peretti, with Fabio Maresca assuming the role of fourth official. Additionally, Paolo Valeri and Aleandro Di Paolo will oversee the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) operations.