15 September 2014

Europa League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2014-15 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 1.

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), in charge of Beşiktaş - Asteras Tripolis

Group F , 18 September 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
Qarabağ FK - AS Saint-Étienne
Referee: Steven McLean (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Gavin Harris (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Brian Colvin (SCO) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alasdair Ross (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate:

Group A, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach (GER)
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Villarreal CF
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Vorel (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jan Válášek (SVK)
Fourth Official: Michal Tomčík (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard  (DEN)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

Group A, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
Apollon Limassol - FC Zürich
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Wyn Jones (WAL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mark Whitby (WAL) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nick Pratt (WAL)
Fourth Official: John Bryn Roberts (WAL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marian Ruzbarsky (SVK)
UEFA Delegate:

Group B, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL)
Club Brugge - Torino FC
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group B, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
FC København - HJK Helsinki
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Boiko (UKR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mike Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate:

Group C, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
FK Partizan - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Mahmud Mahagna (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Fourth Official: Yehiel Levy Haluba (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate:

Group C, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, Istanbul (TUR)
Beşiktaş JK - Asteras Tripolis
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE) 
Assistant Referee 2: Jiří Moláček (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:

Group D, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
FC Salzburg - Celtic FC
Referee: Artus Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Cosme Machado (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Mike L. (AUT)

Group D, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
Dinamo Zagreb - Astra Giurgiu
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP) 
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Christos Nicolaides (CYP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Demetris Masias (CYP)
Fourth Official: Sotiris Viktoros (CYP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group E, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: PSV Stadion, Eindhoven (NED)
PSV Eindhoven - Estoril Praia
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate:

Group E, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Apostolos Nikolaidis, Athens (GRE)
Panathinaikos - Dinamo Moskva
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Edoardo Stefani (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate:

Group F, 18 September 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk - FC Internazionale
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2:  Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Frank Willenborg (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

Group G, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege (BEL)
Standard Liège - HNK Rijeka
Referee: Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU) 
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Fourth Official: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate:

Group G, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
Sevilla FC - Feyenoord
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoit Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Stien (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Group H, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
LOSC Lille - FC Krasnodar
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oren Borneshtain (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Fourth Official: Moshe Bohbot (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate:

Group H, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool (ENG)
Everton FC - VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guda (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Renato Faverani (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri  (FIN)
UEFA Delegate:

Group I, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stade de Suisse, Berne (SUI)
BSC Young Boys - Slovan Bratislava
Referee:  Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Evgeni Belski (KAZ) 
Assistant Referee 2: Anatoli Hodin  (KAZ)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Gauzer (KAZ) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Denis Izmaylov (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Sergei Vassyutin (KAZ)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:

Group I, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Sprata Praha
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED) 
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danny Makkelie (NED) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate:

Group J, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
Steaua Bucureşti - Aalborg BK 
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)
UEFA Delegate:

Group J, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Rio Ave, Vila do Conde (POR)
Rio Ave - Dinamo Kyiv
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE) 
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al-hakim (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group K, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Toumba, Salonika (GRE)
PAOK - Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Fourth Official: Matti Heininen (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group K, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
ACF Fiorentina - EA Guingamp
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rene Eisner  (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)
Fourth Official: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer:

Group L, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
Metalist Kharkiv - Trabzonspor AŞ
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2:  Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate:

Group L, 18 September 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw (POL)
Legia Warszawa - KSC Lokeren
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2:  Simon Bennett (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Gary Beswick (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate:

* Ivan Bebek was originally appointed for this match, but he was chosen to replace Milorad Mažić  in a Champions League match. For this reason, UEFA should publish soon the names of the officials replacing the Croatian crew. 
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Champions League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1 (Wednesday)

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Milorad Mažić has been replaced by Ivan Bebek for Chelsea - Schalke 04! These are the officials appointed by UEFA to handle Wednesday's games  of 2014-15 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 1. 

 
Spanish Alberto Undiano Mallenco will oversee the clash between FC Bayern München and Manchester City, while Tasos Sidiropolous from Greece and Clément Turpin from France will make their bow in the CL group stage phase.
We wish all the officials appointed good luck!


Group E, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
AS Roma - CSKA Moskva
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwaart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group E, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Fußball Arena München, Munich (GER)
FC Bayern München - Manchester City
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

Group F, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - APOEL
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Stefan Lupp (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson (ISL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group F, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
Ajax Amsterdam - Paris SG
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Mark Borsch (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

Group G, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - Schalke 04
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)*
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO) 
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ante Vučemilović (CRO) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Athanassios Briakos (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

Group G, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
NK Maribor - Sporting
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Michael Annonier (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Group H, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - BATE Borisov
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

Group H, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Ronny Zimmermann (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

* Replacing (due to unknown reasons) Milorad Mažić, originally appointed for this match. 
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14 September 2014

Champions League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1 (Tuesday)

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UEFA has revealed the first eight referee appointments of this season's Champions League group stage, starting on Tuesday, 16 September. 


Among others, Portuguese Elite official Olegário Benquerença (photo) will handle the sonorous Group D clash between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal FC, while Polish First Group referee Szymon Marciniak will make his bow in the CL group stage phase. Matej Jug and István Vad are further officials appointed belonging to First Group.


We wish all the officials appointed good luck!

Group A, 16 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
Olympiacos - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: António Godinho (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NOR)

Group A, 16 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - Malmö FF
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group B, 16 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Anfield, Liverpool (ENG)
Liverpool FC - Ludogorets
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balažić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

Group B, 16 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - FC Basel
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER) 
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike L. (AUT)

Group C, 16 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stade Louis II, Monaco (FRA)
AS Monaco - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

Group C, 16 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
SL Benfica - Zenit St Petersburg
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Group D, 16 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
Galatasaray - RSC Anderlecht
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berretyán (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sandor Ando-Szabo (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: László Viszokai (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR) 
UEFA Delegate: Pierino Lardi (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group D, 16 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: BVB Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund (GER)
Borussia Dortmund - Arsenal FC
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Tomás Pereira (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Nélson Moniz (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)
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12 September 2014

Offside - Challenging an opponent for the ball

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CHALLENGING AN OPPONENT FOR THE BALL...
is part of the criteria "interfering with an opponent" and makes an offside position punishable.
Interfering with an opponent is one of three criteria that determine the punishability of an offside position, which is no offense in itself. Besides challenging an opponent for the ball, clearly obstructing the line of vision belongs to interfering with an opponent and can be found here.



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Offside - Clearly Obstructing the Line of Vision

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CLEARLY OBSTRUCTING THE LINE OF VISION...
is part of the criteria "interfering with an opponent" and makes an offside position punishable.
Interfering with an opponent is one of three criteria that determine the punishability of an offside position, which is no offense in itself. Besides clearly obstructing the line of vision, challenging an opponent for the ball belongs to interfering with an opponent and can be found here.



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10 September 2014

Weekly News: Sin Bins, GLT for EURO 2016, Instant Replay and Officials for CL MD1

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These are the latest news that we have gathered from the refereeing point of view: Sin Bins, GLT for EURO 2016 and Instant Replay. In addition, please find the referee observers and delegates for next week's first matchday of UEFA Champions League, which might give some hints at the referees that have been chosen, placed below.

GLT to be used in EURO 2016?


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05 September 2014

UEFA U21 Qualifiers Appointments - September 2014 (II)

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UEFA published some of the appointments for the final matchday of the U21 championship.

Lapochkin to be observer by Hans Reijgwart

08 September


Qualifying round - Group 2

Rakvere - Rakvere 16:00 CET
Estonia - Slovenia
Referee: Lasha Silagava (GEO)  
Assistants: Besik Chichinadze (GEO), Levan Todria (GEO)
Fourth Official: Georgi Vadachkoria (GEO)  
UEFA Delegate: Bert Andersson (SWE)  
UEFA Referee Observer:  Borislav Alexandrov (BUL)  

Qualifying round - Group 3

Stade Municipal de Differdange - Differdange 17:00 CET
Luxemburg - Scotland
Referee: Dejan Jakimovksi (MKD)
Assistants: Nikola Karakolev (MKD), Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Rusmir Mrković (BIH)

Willem II - Tilburg  18:30 CET
Netherlands - Slovakia
Referee: Javier Estrada (ESP)
Assistants: José Miranda (ESP), Francisco Martín (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Gonzalez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: George Fantaros (CYP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Qualifying round - Group 5

KP Tcentralnyi - Cherkassy  18:30 CET
Ukraine - Liechtenstein
Referee: Nerijus Dunauskas  (LTU)
Assistants: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU), Dainius Bisigirskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
UEFA Delegate: István Huszár (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Kostadin Gerginov (BUL) 

Cornaredo - Lugano 18:30 CET
Switzerland - Latvia
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistants: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE), Mehman Mahmudov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
UEFA Delegate: John Taylor (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Carlsen (DEN) 

Qualifying round - Group 10

Stade Abbé-Deschamps - Auxerre 21:00 CET
France - Iceland
Referee: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistants: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS), Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksandr Egorov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Ralph Aubry (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Johannes Reijgwart (NED) 

9 September

Qualifying round - Group 4

Estadio Municipal Ciudadde Puertollano - Puertollano  19:00 CET
Spain - Austria
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistants: Vital Jobin (SUI), Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Fourth Official: Pascal Erlachner (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
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UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for September 2014

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These are the referees appointed by UEFA for the first package of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 7, 8 and 9 September 2014. The missing appointments will be added in due course. As we reported during the past weeks, this will be the first time ever with AARs in this stage of the competition.

Considered for promotion to Elite in December: Ivan Bebek
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Offside - Teamwork

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One motto of this blog is: TOGETHER EVERYBODY ACHIEVES MORE !

In former times, referee controlled matches and took decisions widely on their own with no real support of the men moving at the sidelines. These linesmen were mainly focussed on deciding whether the ball had crossed the side- or goalline and on taking correct offside decisions.


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Offside - Wait-And-See-Technique

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In many parts of life it can be helpful to wait and see how things develop before coming to a quick action, reaction or decision. By doing so, intuitive actions such as emotions, arguments and wrong decisions can be avoided which guides us to a more comfortable life with better decisions. Haste creates waste and this counts for referees and assistant referees in an extra-ordinary fashion as well.

Who will touch the ball? Assistant Referees have to wait-and-see...
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Offside - Gaining an advantage by being in that position

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"Gaining an advantage by being in that position" is one of three main criteria that determine whether an offside position, which is not punishable in itself, becomes active and therefore punishable.


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Offside - Interfering with Play

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Interfering with play is one of three main criteria that determine whether an offside position, which is not punishable in itself, becomes active and therefore punishable. In most of the cases when offside offenses occur, interfering with play is the reason.


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04 September 2014

Understanding Law 11 - Offside

"Offside is when the referee blows his whistle."
free quote by Franz BECKENBAUER, German football legend and expert in offside

Nonetheless, it is necessary to understand what has to go on in assistant referees' mind making or not making them raise their flag for offside, also keeping in mind that it is maybe one of the most complex and complicated issues at the moment.


During the next couple of days, there will be seven educative threads with video clips and interpretations of match situations about the following topics posted at once:

Interfering with play, interfering with an opponent (challenging an opponent for the ball, clearly obstructing the opponent's line of vision), gaining an advantage by being in that position, the wait-and-see-technique and teamwork. A thread about positioning & movement is planned and is going to follow in due course.

These posts will stay dynamic and subject to adaptions and new video material. So there might be a benefit for you from having a look into them from time to time. You can support us by sending video clips which might be very useful for our educative purpose via mail.

For a deeper insight into the technique of offside, we recommend you our partner Offside Explained's site. But for now and the next days we hope that you draw a profit from our posts on the blog.

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01 September 2014

UEFA U21 2015 Qualifiers Appointments for September 2014

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UEFA has published the first package of qualifiers appointments for the U21 Competition which will be played in June 2015 in Czech Republic.


Spanish Jesús Gil Manzano again in action

There are many interesting matches and some quite meaningfull observers in action.

03/09/2014
Qualifying round - Group 2

Mestni - Ajdovscina 17:00CET
Slovenia - Andorra
Referee: Eiko Saar (EST)
Assistants: Silver Koiv (EST), Jaanus Mutli (EST)
Fourth Official: Martin Salong (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Vasko Dojčinovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Antonio Manuel Almeida Costa (POR)

Lilleküla Stadium - Tallinn 18:00 CET
Estonia - Bulgaria
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Assistants: John Bryn Roberts (WAL), Michael Gray (WAL)
Fourth Official: Iwan Arwel Griffith (WAL)  
UEFA Delegate: Yauheni Tratsiuk (BLR)  
UEFA Referee Observer: Cosimo Bolognino (ITA)  

Aalborg Stadion - Aalborg  18:00 CET
Denmark - Russia
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistants: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP), Miguel Martínez (ESP)  
Fourth Official: Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)  
UEFA Delegate: Kurt Zuppinger (SUI)  
UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)  

Qualifying round - Group 5

Zemgales Olympic Centre - Jelgava  16:00 CET
Latvia - Croatia
Referee: Peter Kralović (SVK)
Assistants: Miroslav Benko (SVK), Michal Tomčík (SVK)  
Fourth Official: Pavol Šuniar (SVK)  
UEFA Delegate: Radenko Mijatovic (SVN)  
UEFA Referee Observer: Tony Asumaa (FIN)  
 
Qualifying round - Group 8

Dalga Stadium - Baku 18:00 CET
Azerbaijan - Israel
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)  
Assistants: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA), Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)  
Fourth Official: Vitālijs Spasjoņņikovs (LVA)  
UEFA Delegate: Wolf-Günter Wiesel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)  
 
Qualifying round - Group 10

Fylkisvöllur - Reykjavik 18:30 CET
Iceland - Armenia
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)  
Assistants: Henrik Larsen (DEN) , Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)  
Fourth Official: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)  
UEFA Delegate: John Mcbeth  (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozinovski (MKD)

4/09/2014

Qualifying round - Group 3

De Adelaarshorst - Deventer  18:30 CET
Netherlands - Georgia
Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Assistants: Andreas Staudinger (AUT), Roland Riedel (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Styrbjörn Oskarsson (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

National Training Centre - Senec 20:30 CET
Slovakia - Scotland
Referee: Anatolii Zhabchenko  (UKR)
Assistants: Olexiy Andreyev (UKR), Igor Al'okhin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Sergii Lysenchuk (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Targo Kaldoja (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)
 
Qualifying round - Group 4

Pancho stadium - Felcsut 16:00 CET
Hungary - Spain
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistants: Dvir Shimon (ISR), Mahmud Mahagna (ISR)
Fourth Official: Liran Wachsberger (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Jack Grundie (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karel Bohunek (CZE)


Qualifying round - Group 5

KP Tcentralnyi - Cherkassy  17:30 CET
Ukraine - Switzerland
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistants: Gary Beswick (ENG), John Brooks (ENG)
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Qualifying round - Group 6

Dinamo - Bucharest  18:30 CET
Romania - Montenegro
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR)
Assistants: Oren Borneshtain (ISR) , Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)
Fourth Official: Guy Berger (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

 Qualifying round - Group 8

Marienlyst - Drammen  19:00 CET
Norway - Portugal
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistants: Richard Storey (NIR), Gareth Eakin (NIR)
Fourth Official: Mervyn Smyth (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef De Ryck (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

 Qualifying round - Group 10

Astana Arena - Astana 16:15 CET
Kazakstan - France
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Assistants: Peter Berettyán (HUN), László Viszokai (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ádám Farkas  (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Gabriel Weiss (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)


5/09/2014
Qualifying round - Group 1

Dariaus ir Girėno stadionas - Kaunas 18:00 CET
Lithuania - England
Referee: Vlado Glodjović (SRB)
Assistants: Vladimir Jovanović (SRB), Dejan Potoćan (SRB)
Fourth Official: Aleksandar Vasić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Vladislav Khodeev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)

Turku Stadium - Turku 18:00 CET
Finland - Wales
Referee: Andreas Pappas (GRE)
Assistants: Alexandros Grevenis (GRE), Dimitrios Tatsis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Athanasios Giahos (GRE)

Qualifying round - Group 4

 NV Arena - St Polten 20:30 CET
Austria - Bosnia@Herzegovina
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Assistants: Karel De Rocker (BEL), Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Frederik Geldhof (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Qualifying round - Group 6

Erdgas Sportpark - Halle 18:00 CET
Germany - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistants: Stefan Hallberg (SWE), Peter Magnusson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Fisketjonn (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Lopez Fernandez (ESP)

Qualifying round - Group 7

Ta' Qali National Stadium - Ta' Qali  18:00 CET
Malta - Turkey
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistants: Michelle O'Neill (IRL), Robert Clarke (IRL)
Fourth Official: Graham Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Márton Esterházy (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitalijs Liholajs (LVA)

Örjans vall - Halmstad  18:00 CET
Sweden - Greece
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistants: Mauro Tonolini (ITA), Espedito Marco Musolino (ITA)
Fourth Official: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Qualifying round - Group 9

Ammochostos - Larnaca 17:00 CET
Cyprus - Belgium
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Assistants: Evgeni Belski (KAZ), Anatoli Hodin (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Aleksandr Gauzer (KAZ)
UEFA Delegate: Philippe Prudhon (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Salustia Chato Cipres (AND)

Adriatico - Pescara  21:00 CET
Italy - Serbia
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistants: Hessel Steegstra (NED), Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Sanders (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Yoav Strauss (ISR)
UEFA Referee Obsever: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
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31 August 2014

Offside Explained and The 3rd Team start Co-operation

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Given the feedback we have received over the last three years of our voluntary work on this blog, it seems as if also digital referee education has the opportunity and power to improve refereeing. Therefore, we have decided to focus on giving UEFA officials a direct and independent feedback after their performances in form of our reports on the one hand, but also to strengthen the Referee Education part in the blog which deserves intensified attention on the other hand. 


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25 August 2014

Champions League - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs Second Legs (II)

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UEFA has chosen the following referees to take charge of Wednesday's second legs of Champions League's Play-Off Round. Cüneyt Çakır will handle the clash between Athletic Bilbao and SSC Napoli. 


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24 August 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs Second Legs (I)

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UEFA's Referee Committee have appointed the following five referee sextets to take control over Tuesday's second legs of Champions League's Play-Off Round. 

26/08/2014, 18:00 CET
Stadion Petrovski, St Petersburg (RUS)
Zenit St Petersburg - Standard Liège
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NOR)

26/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
BATE Borisov - Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER) 
Fourth Official: Robert Kempter (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

26/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Lille OSC
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike L. (AUT) 

26/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic FC - NK Maribor
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispal (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

26/08/2014, 20:45 CET
GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
APOEL Nicosia - Aalborg BK
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Gavin Harris (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: John Beaton (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Brian Colvin (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)
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22 August 2014

Europa League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Play-Off Round (II)

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UEFA has appointed the following officials to handle the second legs of Europa League's Play-off Round that will be held next week. Missing appointments will be added in due course.
Ivan Bebek will be observed by Nikolay Levnikov
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Weekly News: Fitness Tests, Age Limit and a Missed Penalty in the World Cup Final

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These headlines have busied us, have been shared with us during the last couple of days. UEFA's Fitness Tests, Age Limit and a missed penalty in the World Cup final.

Stéphane Lannoy could be a referee profiting from the age limit's abolishment
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18 August 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs First Legs (II)

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UEFA's Referee Committee have appointed the following five referee sextets to take control over Wednesday's enclosing first legs of Champions League's Play-Off Round.



20/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille (FRA)
Lille OSC - FC Porto
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

* Pol van Boekel has not passed the fitness tests in Nyon as he is injured.

20/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège (BEL)
Standard Liège - Zenit St Petersburg
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

* Derek Rose (formerly AR2) has obviously made one crucial mistake too much and is not in Thomson's team anymore.

20/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Aalborg Stadion, Aalborg (DEN)
Aalborg BK - APOEL Nicosia
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

* Due to Simon Long's elimination from the FIFA list and considering Mark Clattenburg's new team consisting of Simon Beck and Stuart Burt as well as Howard Webb's retirement, it seems as if Mike Mullarkey and Stephen Child have been allocated to Martin Atkinson to form a new trio.

20/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
NK Maribor - Celtic FC
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Kotik (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

* It is the second time in a row that Královec handles a first leg of a Champions League Play-Off involving Celtic FC. Last year, they lost with 0:2 against Shakhter Karagandy under his supervision.

20/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Štadión Pasiensky, Bratislava (SVK)
Slovan Bratislava - BATE Borisov
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Tomás Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)
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17 August 2014

Champions League - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs First Legs (I)

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UEFA has chosen five World Cup referees to take charge of Tuesday's first legs of Champions League's Play-Off Round. Jonas Eriksson and Milorad Mažić will handle the most sonorous of the five games in Naples and Istanbul.




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14 August 2014

Europa League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Play-Off Round (I)

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UEFA has appointed the following officials to handle the first legs of Europa League's Play-off Round that will be held next week.


Very likely the hosting nation's referee at EURO 2016: Clément Turpin


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13 August 2014

Weekly News: UEFA Seminar, AARs in EURO Qualifiers, Play-Offs, R.A.P. and Rafati's Return

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Last week there have been plenty of matches on international turf but the first real top match of the season took only place yesterday evening when Real Madrid beat Sevilla CF under the new English no.1's control. Clattenburg and his team undoubtfully performed quite well. Some other important and interesting news are collected in this post.

Rafati (in the middle) gave his return image by bild.de
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07 August 2014

Thank you, Howard Webb!

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I have been thinking about how to write the actually mandatory post of reacting to Howard Webb's expected, but nonetheless - for us - painful, retirement he announced yesterday via premierleague.com for quite a long time. Even though it might sound pathetic, it is impossible to live up with what Webb has achieved in his 25-year long refereeing career with the right words.


Instead of reflecting the path of glory the 43-year old MBE went throughout the last couple of years, which would include listing all his achievements and nominations, the most suitable words the entire European and worldwide football community can say are not more than THANK YOU!

Thank you for your exemplary way to manage matches and to interact with players with much coolness, charisma and empathy, improving the game and allowing us to have plenty of pleasurable nights under the stars of the Champions League.
Thank you for, along with Michael Mullarkey and Darren Cann, showing what being a referee team really means.
Thank you for bringing something inspiring into the community of refereeing, being a motivating idol not only for younger referees. 
Thank you for your (worldwide visible) mistakes reminding us on the truth that nobody is perfect. 
And of course thank you for your bald pate, which definitely provided the matches you handled with the necessary aerodynamics and shine (and which often made me wonder whether you have to be baldy to become the world's best referee considering the Italian baldy, too).

Yesterday has been a rather sad day for refereeing and at such days you recognize how big this referee really was. Fortunately, he stays faithful to refereeing in his function as the new Technical Director in the English refereeing department. And who knows, I should be pretty surprised if this stayed his last step as refereeing officer.

Some video impressions on Howard Webb:




The 3rd Team wishes you all the best, Howard!
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06 August 2014

Howard Webb has finished his career and becomes Technical Director of PGMOL

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"As expected, Howard Webb MBE has finished his career as a referee and has been appointed Technical Director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).



As Technical Director, Webb will be responsible for overseeing the technical direction and standards that govern the on-field performance of PGMOL’s match officials. He will manage the PGMOL training programme and coaching system and will work extensively on the successful development programme that provides a pathway for referees from Level 3 through to the Select Group.

Additionally Webb will take a public-facing role, informing and educating on refereeing matters. Webb will report to PGMOL General Manager Mike Riley and joins his management team.
"I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career after a wonderfully rewarding 25 years on the pitch," Webb said. "I have spent over a decade with the best seat in the house for Barclays Premier League matches, been lucky enough to be involved in nine UEFA and FIFA tournaments, and taken charge of the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup finals.
"Refereeing has given me so much and it’s important that match officials who have had the rewards remain in the game to pass on their knowledge. I also have much more to learn about the business of refereeing and the best place for me to do that is with PGMOL. It’s an incredibly positive working environment and we all have a common goal of improving refereeing.
"Over the last five years in particular we have made huge strides in terms of our accuracy, fitness and professionalism. The current Select Group are the best referees this country has ever produced and I am thrilled that I not only get the chance to continue working with them but also the opportunity to help develop the next generation of Select Group officials.”

Riley is pleased that PGMOL will be retaining the knowledge and skills of Webb “the foremost referee of his generation and an inspiration for match officials in this country and around the world” and these will be shared with other officials.
"While we will no longer see Howard’s commanding presence on the domestic and international stage, we have an excellent mix of experienced officials and some very talented younger referees in our 17-strong Select Group," Riley said. "We are very excited that Howard’s knowledge and skills are being retained and shared for them and the rest of PGMOL’s officials.
"The role of PGMOL Technical Director will strengthen refereeing in this country. The game in England does not stand still: clubs are always innovating and looking to improve, and that’s what we are about at PGMOL, too. Last season we trebled the funding for referee coaching and training and we will continue to invest in match officials from the Premier League down to the contributory leagues.
"We want to accelerate the development of referees from the semi-professional game so that we have an even stronger talent pool to pick from at Select Group level. There is no one better to lead on that than Howard Webb.”

Webb began refereeing in 1989 and progressed through the Northern Counties and Football League to become a Select Group referee in 2003. He has refereed more than 500 Barclays Premier League and Football League matches and officiated in every major domestic final.
A FIFA Elite referee Howard has officiated in eight international tournaments, including two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships.
In 2010 Webb became the first referee to take charge of the UEFA Champions League Final and the FIFA World Cup Final in the same year.
In 2011 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to football."

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No UEFA Referee Category Changes for Summer 2014

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Upon request, UEFA's media department and further sources have confirmed that there will not be any changes in the UEFA referee categories this summer except the removal of Russian officials Maksim Layushkin and Vladimir Kazmenko, who were suspended by the Russian FA's referee department some months ago. 

4 of them have become mentors for UEFA & 1 even made it to Brazil - unfortunately
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05 August 2014

Weekly News: Hugh Dallas, Spray, Super Cup and the death of an Iconic Referee

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Today we start our new section "Weekly News" which is supposed to cover and strengthen the news section in the blog. We will provide you with the most important headlines of the last week, what you should notice and what you maybe have not noticed so far.

Iconic referee Ahlenfelder has passed away

"The Highlander of Refereeing"

That's how UEFA Vice Refereeing Officer Hugh Dallas is called in Greek newspapers. The former World Cup referee from Scotland has been appointed to coordinate the refereeing department in the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF). If Dallas had not agreed to take the post, sources confirm that José García-Aranda would have been the second on the recruitment list.

Equipped with a £250,000-per-year-salary, Dallas cannot wait until his new duty begins: "I love this profession and money comes second to me. I know about some of the issues in Greece and my biggest worry in football is players who cheat by diving. They are getting increasingly sophisticated at doing this and some clubs even practice it in training. It's extremely difficult to control. I've refereed Greek teams 12 times in my career and, although I don't remember all the results, I remember the weather in all of them. I know this job will be a lot of work, but I am looking forward to it immensely."

For sure, Dallas' nomination also boosts the chances of Greek Tasos Sidiropoulos, who is currently monitored by UEFA as part of their Talent Program in the First Group of referees with Peter Fröjdfeldt as his mentor, to move up to Elite Group in future. Some days earlier, it became public that Kyros Vassaras has become the new head of Romania's referee department.

"Vanishing spray implemented in Premier League"

Last week the FA has decided to implement the vanishing spray in the Premier League, whose boss R. Scudamore affirmed that "they were open for developments that improve the game". In Germany, DFL and DFB are currently thinking about establishing it as well, even though the majority of referees have resisted it last season. The impressions Felix Brych collected during the World Cup will be integrated into the decision whether to or not to implement it.

"British Super Cup Officials"

The all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla CF, kicked off next Tuesday evening in Cardiff, Wales, will be under completely British supervision. The match will be refereed by English Mark Clattenburg, assisted by Simon Beck and Stuart Burt on the sidelines, Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor on the goallines and Darren England at the benches. They will be observed by Scottish Donald McVicar, whose countryman Campbell Ogilvie will delegate the match. Raymond Ellingham and Rodger Gifford will welcome the officials as the UEFA liaison officers.

"Legendary Wolf-Dieter Ahlenfelder has died"

The German football community is mourning the death of Wolf-Dieter Ahlenfelder, who has passed away at the age of 70. In 1975, he became quite famous when he drunkenly handled a Bundesliga match between Bremen and Hannover, finished the first half after 32 minutes, re-started play after the advice of the linesman and ultimately finished the first half 90 seconds too early in the 44th minute. His dialogue with Bayern legend Paul Breitner also went into German football history books: "Breitner: Ahlenfelder, you whistle like an ass! - Ahlenfelder: Breitner, you also play like an ass!"
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03 August 2014

Europa League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - 3rd Qualification Round (II)

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These are the officials who will oversee the second legs of Europa League's 3rd Qualification Round. 



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31 July 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - 3rd Qualification Round

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These officials have been chosen to take charge of UEFA Champions League's Third Qualifier Round first and second legs.


29 July 2014

Prague, 19:30 CET
AC Sparta Praha (CZE) - Malmö FF (SWE)
Referee: Halis Ozkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Cem Satman (TUR), Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)

Bratislava, 20:15 CET
ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK) - FC Sheriff (MDA)
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referees: Sandro Pozzi (SUI), Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sébastien Pache (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: José Guilherme Aguiar (POR)

Debrecen, 20:30 CET
Debreceni VSC (HUN) - FC BATE Borisov (BLR)
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referees: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)


30 July 2014

Aktobe, 17:00 CET
FC Aktobe (KAZ) - FC Steaua București (ROU)
Referee: Hüseyin Göcek (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR), Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Fourth Official: Suleyman Abay (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Dimitri Bokeria (GEO)

Baku, 17:30 CET
FK Qarabağ Ağdam (AZE) - FC Salzburg (AUT)
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR, photo)
Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR), Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR) 
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)

Helsinki, 18:00 CET
HJK Helsinki (FIN) - APOEL FC (CYP)
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referees: Piotr Sadczuk (POL), Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Basrtosz Frankowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian D. Casha (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu (ROU)

Larnaca, 18:00 CET
AEL Limassol FC (CYP) - Football Club Zenit (RUS)
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referees: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO), Igor Krmar (CRO)
Fourth Official: Fran Jovic (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)

Kyiv, 18:00 CET
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR) - F.C. København (DEN)
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann (ENG), Harry Lennard (ENG)
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL)

Zurich, 19:00 CET
Grasshopper Club Zürich (SUI) - LOSC Lille (FRA)
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Dimitrii Mosiakin (RUS), Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)

Liege, 20:00 CET
R. Standard de Liège (BEL) - Panathinaikos FC (GRE)
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP), Luis Fernando Marco Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Lüchinger (LIE)

Rotterdam, 20:00 CET
Feyenoord (NED) - Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü (TUR)
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Andrea Padovan (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)

Razgrad, 20:00 CET
PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL) - FK Partizan (SRB)
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referees: Lars Rix (DEN), David Vang Andersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)

Aalborg, 20:15 CET
Aalborg BK (DEN) - GNK Dinamo (CRO)
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referees: Davy Franciscus Goossens (NED), Bas Van Dongen (NED) 
Fourth Official: M. B. Martin Van den Kerkhof (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

Maribor, 20:30 CET
NK Maribor (SVN) - Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referees: Tomas Somolani (SVK), Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralovic (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Léon Schelings (BEL)

Warsaw, 20:45 CET
Legia Warszawa (POL) - Celtic FC (SCO)
Referee: Pol Van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referees: Charles John Schaap (NED),  Rob Van de Ven (NED)
Fourth Official: Edwin Van de Graaf (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Đukanović (MNE)


5 August 2014

Borisov, 19:30 CET
BATE Borisov (BLR) - Debrecen (HUN)
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE), Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Carlos Ferreira Matos (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)

Athens, 20:00 CET
Panathinaikos (GRE) - Standard Liège (BEL)
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lee Mason (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwaart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)

Larnaca (CYP, due to safety deficits in Israel), 20:00 CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) - NK Maribor (SVN)
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE), Peter Magnusson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamlin (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Pierino Lardi (SUI)

Villeneuve d'Ascq, 20:30 CET
Lille (FRA) - Grasshoppers (SUI)
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referees: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)

6 August 2014

St Petersburg, 18:00 CET
Zenit St Petersburg (RUS) - AEL Limassol (CYP)
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referees: Aurel Onita (ROU), Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)

Nicosia, 18:30 CET
APOEL (CYP) - HJK Helsinki (FIN)
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referees: David Elias Biton (ISR), Oren Bornshtein (ISR)
Fourth Official: Roy Reinshreiber (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)

Malmö, 19:00 CET
Malmö FF (SWE) - Sparta Praha (CZE)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Guillaume Débart (FRA), Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Trefor Lloyd Hughes (WAL)

Tiraspol, 19:00 CET
FC Sheriff (MDA) - Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referees: Vencel Tóth (HUN), István Albert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sándor Ando-Szabó (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pjetur Sigurdsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Tobias Wolf (GER)

Bucharest, 19:30 CET
Steaua Bucuresti (ROU) - FK Aktobe (KAZ)
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Antonin Kordula (CZE), Jan Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Zbynek Proske (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: René Eberle (SUI)

Istanbul, 19:30 CET
Besiktas Istanbul (TUR) - Feyernoord Rotterdam (NED)
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER, photo)
Assistant Referees: Marco Achmüller (GER), Marcel Pelgrim (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Stieler (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vasily Melnychuk (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)

Copenhagen, 20:00 CET
FC Kobenhavn (DEN) - Dnipro (UKR)
Referee: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Assistant Referees: Ricardo Santos (POR), Luis Ferreira Pinto (POR)
Fourth Official: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

Salzburg, 20:30 CET
RB Salzburg (AUT) - Qarabag (AZE)
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Graham Chambers (SCO), Alastair Mather (SCO)
Fourth Official: Brian Colvin (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)

Belgrade, 20:45 CET
Partizan (SRB) - Ludogorets (BUL)
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referees: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR), Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jost (SVN)

Zagreb, 20:45 CET
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) - Aalborg BK (DEN)
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Sergiy Berezka (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)

Edinburgh, 20:45 CET
Celtic Glasgow (SCO) - Legia Warszawa (POL)
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Mauro Tonolini (ITA), Riccardo Bianchi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Krähenbühl (SUI)
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30 July 2014

Mark Clattenburg in charge of UEFA Super Cup

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UEFA has revealed the referee of the UEFA Super Cup final for this year which will be played at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Tuesday 12 August.


English Mark Clattenburg has been appointed as referee of the all Spanish Final between Real Madrid and Seville. This will be the first European final for the 39 years old referee following a very good season which was crowned by the Europa League Semifinal 2nd Leg of Juventus and Benfica.

12/08/2014, 20:45 CET,  Cardiff City Stadium, Wales
Real Madrid - Sevilla CF
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Fourth official: Darren England (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officers: Raymond Ellingham (WAL) & Rodger Gifford (WAL)
Blog Observer: Thomas H. (NED)
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Video Coaching: No Deliberate Handball 1

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The following match situation is taken from Real Madrid - FC København) and belongs to the category Deliberate Handball?.
You are warmly encouraged to participate in discussion by answering the poll or placing a comment. UEFA's official solution for this situation including the re-start of play will be published soon.

The following video is placed for educational purpose only.



UEFA's solution:
The blue defender has his arms close to the body and strikes the ball with his hands from close distance. This cannot be considered as a deliberate act. The referee correctly allows play to continue.
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