Arsenal's Emirates Stadium Date: 28th November 2023 at 5:30pm
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The match officials have now been confirmed for Wednesday night’s match between Arsenal and RC Lens in the UEFA Champions League, which is live on TNT Sports 2 and TNT Sports Ultimate with a kick-off time of 20:00.

Referee: Artur Dias Soares (Portugal).
Assistant Referee: Paulo Soares (Portugal).
Assistant Referee: Pedro Ribeiro (Portugal).
Fourth Official: Miguel Nogueira (Portugal).
Video Assistant Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal).
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Hugo Miguel (Porutgal).
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (Greece).
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (Germany).

This will be the third time Artur Dias has overseen a match involving Arsenal and the first time for a match involving RC Lens.

His first match involving Arsenal was in October 2016 at home versus Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League. The Gunners won 6-0 that night and Dias showed no cards at all.

His second and most recent match involving The Gunners was the 2-1 defeat away to Villarreal in the Europa League in April 2021. He showed 5 yellow cards and 2 red cards that night, including bookings for Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a red card for Dani Ceballos.

His record last season:

Matches: 32
Yellow Cards: 167 (5.22)
Red Cards: 5

Atur Dias oversaw a total of 32 matches last season, most of which were in the Portuguese Division 1. He showed 167 yellow cards and 5 red cards. He was most card happy in the Portuguese Division 1 match between Famalicao and Sporting when he showed 11 yellow cards, including a booking for former Arsenal youth Rui Fonte.

So far this season:

Matches: 8
Yellow Cards: 44 (5.50)
Red Cards: 2

Dias has been the man with the whistle on 8 occasions so far this season, showing 44 yellow cards and 2 red cards. This is his second visit to England this season, having been the man in the middle for the Champions League match between Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund at St. James’ Park, which finished 1-0 to the visitors. He showed 2 yellow cards in that match.


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