Manchester City will have to do something they never have before with Slovenian referee Damir Skomina in charge when they face Hoffenheim on Tuesday night – and that is avoid defeat.
The 42-year-old has been appointed for City’s second group stage game in this year’s Champions League, a match they really need to get something from after the unexpected setback against Lyon at the Etihad Stadium.
Blues may be worried to hear that City have lost all four matches under Skomina – although there were no major controversies in any of them. Skomina was in charge of City’s 2-1 defeat to Napoli in their maiden Champions League campaign back in 2011, then he had the whistle for the 3-2 loss to Real Madrid in 2012, a night City almost did the seemingly impossible before letting it slip late on.
More recently, Skomina oversaw City’s 2-1 home defeat to Juventus in 2015, then was in charge of the Champions League semi-final second leg in 2016 when Real Madrid edged out the Blues 1-0.
Skomina has never taken charge of a game featuring Tuesday’s opposition Hoffenheim.
Full list of appointments for Hoffenheim vs. Manchester City (October 2, 2018):
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Manuel Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Øyvind Fisketjønn (NOR)