Nou Camp whistler in Moscow stormer

A Russian referee well-known to former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady will take charge of the Parkhead side's European swansong against Barcelona tomorrow night.

Loading Comments
Sergei Karasev is the man in the middle in the Nou Camp tomorrow
Sergei Karasev is the man in the middle in the Nou Camp tomorrow

Sergei Karasev was the man in the middle for Scotland's ill-fated World Cup qualifier against Macedonia in September of last year, when he was let down by a call from one of his assistants as Nikolce Noveski gave the visitors an offside opener in the 1-1 draw.

However, the 34-year-old proved more controversial in a Moscow derby earlier this year when his display so enraged Spartak Moscow manager Valeri Karpin he had to be restrained by security staff as he confronted the whistler.

McGeady had opened the scoring for Spartak as they earned a two-goal lead back in April, but after arch-rivals CSKA had pulled a goal back, Karasev - who had earlier awarded CSKA a penalty that was missed - granted them another controversial spot-kick in stoppage time, from which Alan Dzagoev tied the match at 2-2.

Spartak had Brazilian Rafael Carioca red-carded for dissent after the equaliser and Karpin was hauled before the Russian FA's disciplinary committee as a result of the incident and fined around £1,900 for his misconduct.


Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
                A weekly round up of social highlights                

A weekly round up of social highlights


Cat's Eyes on Glasgow


Why the Harlem Globetrotters weren't so slam dunking and making a boob at Debenhams

Free swim at a Glasgow Club pool for every reader - Click here



Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

            Michelle McManus            

Michelle McManus


Sussed in the City


Why women are better at spotting so called 'bluff' when it comes to the independence debate.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.