Referee Danny Makkelie will be in charge of the first meeting between Real Madrid and Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday, UEFA announced on Sunday.
38-year-old Makkelie is helped in Madrid by his permanent assistants Hessel Steegstra and Jan de Vries. Kevin Blom is the video referee and is assisted by Jochem Kamphuis.
It is the eighth time this season that Makkelie can whistle a match in the main tournament of the Champions League. The Dutchman has so far been in charge of five group matches and two matches in the eighth finals (Sevilla-Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid-Atalanta).
Earlier this week, Makkelie received even more good news from the UEFA referee committee: he will be allowed to whistle at the European Championship next summer, just like Björn Kuipers. It is the first time that two Dutch referees go to the European title tournament.
The Champions League match between Real Madrid and Chelsea starts on Tuesday at 9 p.m. The other semi-final will be between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. The first leg of that diptych is scheduled for Wednesday.
Makkelie already came into action in the Eredivisie on Friday, where he had to manage the relegation cracker between Willem II and RKC (1-0).