The European Football association (UEFA) has the Romanian Ovidiu Hategan (38) referred to as the timekeeper for the EK-kwalificatieduel between the Red Devils and Russia, Thursday evening (20h45) in the King baudouin stadium.
Hategan, since 2008, international referee, was in June 2018, with the ref in the friendly international match between the Red Devils and Costa Rica (4-1). Three years earlier, he led the qualifying match of Belgium against Cyprus (5-0) for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016.
In 2012, whistled the Romanian the first leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League between Copenhagen and Club Brugge (0-0). Two years later he was the referee in the second leg of the fourth qualifying round of the Europa League between Hull City and Lokeren (2-1).
In november, went around pictures of Ovidiu, that after the Nations League match between Germany and the Netherlands was comforted by Virgil van Dijk. The Romanian had during the rest heard that his mother had died.
Virgil van Dijk on why he hugged a referee Ovidiu Hategan after their game against Germany: “He told me his mom recently passed away. He broke down and started crying. I consoled him and told him he refereed well. Its a small thing, but I hope it helped.” pic.twitter.com/KIr7QRmoE4
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) november 20, 2018
With the duel against Russia to open the Red Devils their EK-kwalificatiecampagne. Sunday they play in Nicosia against Cyprus. In group I are also Scotland, Kazakhstan and San Marino to be found.