It is known which foreigner will referee the derby between Rijeka and Hajduk!  He has already refereed Croatia and Dinamo

After the VARgate affair, the Croatian Football Association decided that the derbies between Dinamo, Rijeka and Hajduk will be refereed by referees from abroad with great experience until the end of the season. Thus, the German Daniel Siebert refereed the derby between Hajduk and Dinamo in Poljud in the 28th round of the HNL, and more than 80 percent of 24sata readers thought he did a very good job.

Italian referee Fabio Maresca will officiate the new derby between Hajduk and Dinamo (Wednesday, 7 p.m.) in the Cup, and it is known who will referee the match of the 29th round between Rijeka and Hajduk, which will be played on Rujevica (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.).

Riječ is about a Romanian judge Istvan Kovacsu who will be assisted by his compatriots Vasile Florin Marinescu i Mihai Ovidiu Arten. Č is the fourth judge Calin Iulian Calin.

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VAR is the referee Catalina Sorin Popaand his assistant Cipriani Dance.

Who is Istvan Kovacs?

Kovacs is a well-known European referee with extensive experience in European competitions. He refereed 21 matches in the Champions League, including in Dinamo’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea in September 2022 in the group stage. He refereed the ‘Blues’ in the big 3-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen in the round of 16 of the Europa League in the 2018/19 season.

The Romanian refereed Hajduk in the qualification for the Europa League in July 2018, when the ‘whites’ beat Slaven Sofia 1-0.

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He refereed Croatia in the Euro qualifiers. In 2019, “Vatreni” beat Wales 2-1. He also refereed Croatia in the semi-final of the League of Nations in Rotterdam against the Netherlands this summer. Croatia won 4-2 after extra time.

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