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    Szymon Marciniak appointed referee for Champions League semi-final rematch

    Polish referee Szymon Marciniak has been appointed to oversee the rematch of the Champions League semi-final between Manchester City and Real Madrid. UEFA has confirmed the decision, following controversy over a goal in the first leg that ended in a 1-1 draw. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti had suggested that the goal was scored incorrectly, as the ball had allegedly gone out of play before being put in the back of the net. Due to the lack of conclusive replays, the situation could not be decisively resolved.

    Marciniak was not initially expected to oversee the semi-finals, but his appointment comes after his previous experience officiating at high-profile games, including the final of the 2018 World Cup between Argentina and France. He previously refereed a Champions League semi-final match between Liverpool and Villarreal.

    With the rematch between Manchester City and Real Madrid being one of the most anticipated games of the tournament, the choice of referee is crucial. Marciniak will be tasked with ensuring fair play and making the right decisions, particularly in light of the controversy surrounding the first leg. Fans of both teams will be eagerly awaiting the result of this crucial match.

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