Undiano Mallenco to referee El Clasico

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced that Alberto Undiano Mallenco will referee the Barcelona-Real Madrid game at the Camp Nou on April 21.

The 38-year-old will be taking charge of his sixth El Clasico and was the man in the middle for last year’s Copa del Rey final between the two clubs, with Madrid winning 1-0 thanks to an extra-time goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Undiano is considered one of the top referees in Spain and made his Clasico debut in November, 2004 when Barca won 3-0 with goals from Samuel Eto’o, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ronaldinho.

The game itself has been brought forward a day and will take place between the two legs of the Champions League semi-finals. Barcelona face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge three days earlier, with the return fixture the following Tuesday, while Madrid are up against Bayern Munich in the other last four fixture on April 17 and 25.

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