Hours pass and everything is getting ready for the end of the Spain Supercup, which will be played this Sunday and will face FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, in the game that could mean Ronald Koeman’s first title as a culé coach. In this sense, it has been possible to know that Jesus Gil Manzano will be in charge of directing the actions of the meeting.
The Extremaduran referee, who will be assisted in the VAR by Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez, will again lead a Barcelona game, in which he has already caused a stir due to his controversial decisions. Total, Gil Manzano has directed 26 games of the culé team, in which the club has achieved 16 victorias, he has tied six times and has lost four times, also adding the scandalous figure of six expulsions throughout them.
Additionally, this will be the second final that Barcelona faces with Gil Manzano as central judge, after which together with the culé team and Sevilla in the King’s Cup 2017-18. In this meeting, which served as a farewell to Andres Iniesta, the Barça entity managed to win the cupbearer title by win 5-0 the Andalusians.
Controversies of Gil Manzano with Barcelona
Pitifully, Jesus Gil Manzano has been involved in various controversies during the 26 games he has led with Barcelona as a participating team. The most recent occurred this season, when the referee missed a clear penalty committed by Diego Carlos to Messi at the end of the match between Barcelona and Sevilla, which ended in a draw to one goal.
Another remembered and sadly celebrated episode of Gil Manzano with Barcelona happened during LaLiga 2016-17, in the defeat of the Catalans against Malaga, 2-0. In this commitment, the controversial collegiate precisely expelled Neymar, but he became blind when he had to have called two clamorous maximum penalties, committed on Sergi Roberto y Jéremy Mathieu.