21 November 2014

Youth League - Referee Appointments - Matchdays 5 & 6

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UEFA has chosen the following match officiating teams to oversee the last two group stage matchdays of UEFA Youth League's 2014/15 campaign. The assignments for Matchday 6 will be added in due course.

Czech Petr Ardeleanu to handle Schalke (U19) - Chelsea (U19)

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19 November 2014

Weekly News: Hugh Dallas quits as Greek Referee Officer following Attacks on colleague

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At the start of August of this year, we reported about the appointment of Hugh Dallas to become the Chief Refereeing Officer in the Greek football associations. After only three months, the Scottish UEFA Vice Refereeing Officer has quit a part of his job in Athens following violent attacks on his colleague Christoforos Zografos.


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11 November 2014

Weekly News: Mistaken Identity, The Invisible Clatts, EURO 2016 and Post-Match Suspensions

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These things bothered us during the last week(s). Besides presenting some news and statements, your opinion is needed this time as well!

Mistaken identity: Who has to get the yellow card?

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UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for November 2014 (MD4)

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These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD4 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 14, 15 and 16 November 2014.


Björn Kuipers will officiate Italy - Croatia

14 November 2014

Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi (GEO), Group D, 18:00 CET
Georgia - Poland
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Banti (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancioglu (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Grundig Stadion, Nuremberg (GER), Group D, 20:45 CET
Germany - Gibraltar
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referees: Aurel Oniţă (ROU), Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU), Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Fourth Official: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson (ISL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozinovski (MKD)

Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO), Group D, 20:45 CET
Scotland - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referees: Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referees: Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dejan Filipovic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE), Group F, 20:45 CET
Greece - Faroe Islands
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA), Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN), Group F, 20:45 CET
Hungary - Finland
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Cano (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR) 

Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU), Group F, 20:45 CET
Romania - Northern Ireland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Eyjolfur Olafsson (ISL)

Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR), Group I, 20:45 CET
Portugal - Armenia
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referees: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Ilias Spathas (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)

Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB), Group I, 20:45 CET
Serbia - Denmark
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Dusan Tittel (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Friendly:
Stade de la Route-de-Lorient - Rennes (FRA), 20:45 CET
France - Albania
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE), Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Libor Kovařik (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Kotik (CZE)

15 November 2014

Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX), Group C, 18:00 CET
Luxembourg - Ukraine
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) 
Assistant Referees: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL), Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Fourth Official: Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitalijs Liholajs (LVA)

Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT), Group G, 18:00 CET
Austria - Russia
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) 
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Michael Oliver (ENG), Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA), Group G, 18:00 CET
Moldova - Liechtenstein
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referees: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN), Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Antti Munukka (FIN), Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Fourth Official: Matti Heininen (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dragutin Karlo Poljak (CRO)

Wembley Stadium, London (ENG), Group E, 18:00 CET
England - Slovenia
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referees: Ricardo Santos (POR), Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Xistra (POR), Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER)

San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR), Group E, 18:00 CET
San Marino - Estonia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees: Felix Zwayer (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Ísak Mikladal (FRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Günter Benkö (AUT)

AFG Arena, St Gallen (SUI), Group E, 20:45 CET
Switzerland - Lithuania
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

Estadio Nuevo Colombino, Huelva (ESP), Group C, 20:45 CET
Spain - Belarus
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referees: Lars Rix (DEN), Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Jens Maae (DEN)
Fourth Official: Derya Oguz (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE), Group G, 20:54 CET
Montenegro - Sweden
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Damien MacGraith (IRL), Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Bobby Madden (SCO), Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Gunther De Saedeleer (BEL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski, Skopje (MKD), Group C, 20:45 CET
FYROM - Slovakia
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referees: Bertino Miranda (POR), Tiago Trigo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Manuel De Sousa (POR), João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Soares (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

16 November 2014

Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED), Group A, 18:00 CET
Netherlands - Latvia
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referees: David Elias Biton (ISR), Oren Borneshtain (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR), Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL), Group B, 18:00 CET
Belgium - Wales
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Radek Příhoda (CZE), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP), Group B, 18:00 CET
Cyprus - Andorra
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andre Marriner (ENG), John Moss (ENG) 
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Ralph Aubry (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE), Group H, 18:00 CET
Azerbaijan - Norway
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovski (UKR) 
Assistant Referees: Aleksandr Voytuk (UKR), Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Sergii Boiko (UKR), Anatolii Adula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Sergey Bekker (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Mehmet Süheyl Önen (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL), Group H, 20:45 CET
Bulgaria - Malta
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE), Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA), Group H, 20:45 CET
Italy - Croatia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Itztadion Sammy Ofer, Haifa (ISR), Group B, 20:45 CET
Israel - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP), Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees: Alejandro Hernandez (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Doosan Arena, Plzen (CZE), Group A, 20:45 CET
Czech Republic - Iceland
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referees: Mike Pickel (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees: Christian Dingert (GER), Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR), Group A, 20:45 CET
Turkey - Kazakhstan
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Dmitrii Mosiakin (RUS), Valery Danchenko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees: Alexey Nikolaev (RUS), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)
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07 November 2014

Video Coaching: Assessing the Level of Punishment and Advantage Rule - Solutions!

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The following match situations are both taken from the UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 tie between Atlético Madrid and Malmö FF and belongs to the category Advantage Rule & Assessing the Level of Punishment.

The official involved was Slovenian First Group referee Matej Jug.

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03 November 2014

FIFA Club World Cup 2014 Morocco - Referees

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Following sure information provided by Árbitro Internacional, FIFA has chosen the following six referee trios to officiate at 2014 FIFA Club World Cup to be played in Morocco for the second time. Six World Cup 2014 referees or standby officials have received a call-up for the tournament joined by Real Madrid and several other intercontinental top teams.

Pedro Proença will represent UEFA in Morocco

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Europa League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 4

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2014-15 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 4. 


Russian Aleksei Eskov will officiate his first match in EL group stage (c) fc-anji.ru

Group F, 6 November 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
Qarabağ - Dnipro
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Fourth Official: Konrad Sapela (POL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Bujar Kasmi (ALB)

Group E, 6 November 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
Dinamo Moskva - Estoril
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: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)

Group E, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Apostolos Nikolaidis, Athens (GRE)
Panathinaikos - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Siniša Premužaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ante Vučemilović (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fran Jović (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Ilja Kaenzig (SUI)

Group F, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
AS Saint-Étienne - FC Internazionale
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Mertik (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Davor Drecnik  (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovacic (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group A, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich (SUI)
Zürich - Villarreal
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Ivančica Sudac (CRO)

Group A, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
Apollon Limassol - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA) 
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoit Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

Group B, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Helsinki Football Stadium, Helsinki (FIN)
HJK Helsinki - Torino
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Neeson (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Raymond Crangle (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mervyn Smyth  (NIR)
Fourth Official: Stephen Bell  (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: George Pirtskhalava (GEO)

Group B, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: FC København Stadium, Copenhagen (DEN)
København - Club Brugge
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst  (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)

Group C, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium, Tripoli Arkadia (GRE)
Asteras Tripolis - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Javier Estrada (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: José Miranda (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2:  Javier Rodriguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Teixeira (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (ESP)
Fourth Official: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group C, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, Istanbul (TUR)
Beşiktaş - Partizan
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aurel Oniţă (ROU) 
Assistant Referee 2: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Gijs de Jong (NED)

Group D, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Marin Anastasovici, Giurgiu (ROU)
Astra Giurgiu - Celtic
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2:  Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Tuncer (TUR)

Group D, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
Dinamo Zagreb - Salzburg
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Christos Baltas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Pappas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Appleby (ENG)

Group G, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam (NED)
Feyenoord - Rijeka
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Brian Colvin (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Ronen Hershco (ISR)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Group G, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
Sevilla - Standard Liège
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: John Beaton (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group H, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: VfL Wolfsburg Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg - Krasnodar
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official:  Patrick Langkamp (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN)

Group H, 6 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool (ENG)
Everton - LOSC Lille
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: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)

Group I, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
Sparta Praha - Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1:Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lutz Fröhlich (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)

Group I, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Young Boys
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: David Vang Andersen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

Group J, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dynamo Kyiv - Aalborg
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vitali Malyutin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)

Group J, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Rio Ave, Vila do Conde (POR)
Rio Ave - Steaua București
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dragutin Karlo Poljak (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Renata Tomasova (SVK)

Group K, 6 November  2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Roudourou, Guingamp (FRA)
Guingamp - Dinamo Minsk
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: Alexandr Aliyev (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Sergei Vassyutin (KAZ)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Krähenbühl (SUI)

Group K, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
ACF Fiorentina - PAOK
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Fourth Official: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike L. (AUT)

Group L, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Daknam, Lokeren (BEL)
Lokeren - Trabzonspor
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (TA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mike Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: TBD

Group L, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw (POL)
Legia - Metalist
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oren Borneshtain (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Fourth Official: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Alvaro Albino (POR)
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Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 4 (Wednesday)

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UEFA has assigned 6 Elite and 2 First Group officials for Wednesday matches of Champions League. Turkish Cüneyt Çakır has been assigned to the important Bayern Munchen - Roma while Tasos Sidiropoulos will oversee Manchester City - CSKA Moskva. Daniele Orsato will officiate Maribor - Chelsea on his 1st CL assignment this season.

Tasos Sidiropoulos will be observed by Marc Batta


05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester City - CSKA Moskva (E)
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: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Fußball Arena München, Munich, Germany
Bayern Munchen - AS Roma (E)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Paris SG - Apoel FC (F)
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Tavares (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ajax - FC Barcelona (F)
Referee: Pedro Proença  (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda  (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel De Sousa  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Capela  (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Soares  (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H (ENG)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
Sporting SP - Schalke 04 (G)
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia
NK Maribor - Chelsea FC (G)
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine
Shakhtar Donetsk - Bate Borisov (H)
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Borislav Alexandrov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Dumitru Mihalache (ROU)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
Athletic Club De Bilbao - Porto FC (H)
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
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02 November 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 4 (Tuesday)

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UEFA has assigned the following eight referee teams for next Tuesday's Champions League Matchday 4 ties. Among others, Clément Turpin will attend Emirates Stadium, while Viktor Kassai has been chosen to officiate the most sonorous encounter of the evening at Santiago Bernabeu.

Chosen for Real Madrid - FC Liverpool: Viktor Kassai (c) focus


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30 October 2014

UEFA Officials for Matchday 4

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These are the referee observers and delegates UEFA's administrative bodies and referee committee have appointed for next week's UEFA Champions League's matchday 4. We welcome your predictions!

Manuel Mejuto González will observe NK Maribor - Chelsea FC

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28 October 2014

Video Coaching: Offside Goals in Schalke 04 - NK Maribor? Solutions!

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The following match situations are both taken from the UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 tie between Schalke 04 and NK Maribor and belongs to the category Offside.
The officials involved were Carlos Velasco Carballo (referee), Roberto Alonso Fernández (assistant referee 1) and Carlos Del Cerro Grande (additional assistant referee 1) from Spain.



Solution: 
At the moment of a shot on goal, a yellow-dressed attacking player is clearly in an offside position. However, does he become active? Yes, he does.
He is both clearly obstructing the goalkeeper's line of vision and is making a clear action within playing distance having a clear impact on the goalkeeper's ability to save the ball by impeding his movement and actions. For this reason, the attacker interferes with an opponent.
The goal should have been disallowed for offside offence. It must be highlighted that only clear cases of obstructing the line of vision of an opponent can be penalized in the sense of Law 11. This was the case here. 
Furthermore, the referee himself as well as the additional assistant referee have a responsibility and should take action and fulfill their duty to follow play attentively in order to be prepared to support their team-mate, who does not have the best angle to gauge the punishability of the offside position from his position at the sideline.

OFFSIDE OFFENCE

89% of you agreed with this solution.



Solution:
Again, at the moment of a shot on goal, an attacking player is standing in an offside position between the ball and the goalkeeper. You can argue that he maybe obstructs the goalkeeper's line of vision. However, the attacker does not clearly obstruct his line of vision. He jumps over the travelling ball and, being a bit farther away from the goalkeeper than the attacker in clip 1, allows the goalkeeper a wider visual angle and better visual contact to the ball. Law 11 demands that such an obstruction is really clear, and this was not the case here.
In addition, the attacker does not have an impact on the goalkeeper's ability to save the ball, as there is no clear action within playing distance and as he makes no attempt to play the ball. By jumping over the ball, he makes clear he has no interest in playing or touching it and also stays far enough away. The referee team's decision must be supported and should be deemed as correct for this case.

NO OFFSIDE OFFENCE

59% of you agreed with this solution, which demonstrates that this clip has been of higher difficulty and that there is the need to clarify such cases in a clearer and more uniform way in future.

Our solutions were given as such in our match report uploaded last month and are in line with UEFA's interpretation of these clips.

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20 October 2014

Europa League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2014-15 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 3. 

Martin Strömbergsson (SWE) will officiate the Czech-Slovakian derby

Group L, 22 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Dinamo im. Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Metalist - Legia
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU) 
Assistant Referee 2: Saulius Dirda (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jurij Paškovskij (LTU)
Fourth Official: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate:

Group H, 23 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Kuban, Krasnodar (RUS)
Krasnodar - Wolfsburg
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)  
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Cosme Machado (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Sares (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate:

Group H, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
LOSC Lille - Everton
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Antonio Godinho (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group I, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava (SVK)
Slovan Bratislava - Sparta Praha
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2:  Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)
UEFA Delegate:

Group I, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stade de Suisse, Berne (SUI)
Young Boys - SSC Napoli
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Michael Annonier (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group J, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Aalborg Stadion, Aalborg (DEN)
Aalborg - Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipović (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sébastien Pache (SUI)
Fourth Official: Stephane De Almeida (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group J, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
Steaua Bucarest - Rio Ave
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward King (WAL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mark Whitby (WAL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nick Pratt (WAL)
Fourth Official:  John Bryn Roberts (WAL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleksei Spirin (RUS)
UEFA Delegate:

Group K, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Borisov Arena, Borisov (BLR)
Dinamo Minsk - Guingamp
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Jakimovksi (MKD)
Fourth Official: Goce Petreski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marian Ruzbarsky (SVK)
UEFA Delegate:

Group K, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadio Toumba, Salonika (GRE)
PAOK - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Kempter (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: TBD

Group L, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu, Trabzon (TUR)
Trabzonspor - Lokeren
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Elias Bitton (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)
UEFA Delegate:

Group G, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Kantrida, Rijeka (CRO)
Rijeka - Feyenoord
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: Leif Erik Opland (NOR) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:

Group G, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege (BEL)
Standard Liège - Sevilla
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Ceylan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ray Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate:

Group A, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal (ESP)
Villarreal - FC Zürich
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group A, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach (GER)
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Apollon Limassol
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: Sergiy Berezka (UKR)
Fourth Official: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group B, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Turin (ITA)
Torino - HJK Helsinki
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI) 
Assistant Referee 2: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nikolaj Hänni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Johannes Vogel (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group B, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL)
Club Brugge -  København
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lee Mason (ENG) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate:

Group C, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham - Asteras Tripolis
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaš Somolani SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:

Group C, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
Partizan -  Beşiktaş 
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

Group D, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic - Astra Giurgiu
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Mar Sigurdsson (ISL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)
UEFA Delegate:

Group D, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
Salzburg - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED) 
Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Davie Goossens (NED)  
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate:

Group E, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: António Coimbra Da Mota, Estoril (POR)
Estoril Praia - Dinamo Moskva
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Bar Natan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Oren Borneshtain (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)
UEFA Delegate:

Group E, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: PSV Stadion, Eindhoven (NED)
PSV - Panathinaikos
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1:  Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Paták  (CZE)
Fourth Official: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group F, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
FC Internazionale - AS Saint-Étienne
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS), Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Group F, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dnipro - Qarabağ
Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE) 
Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2:  Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate:
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Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3 (Wednesday)

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UEFA has revealed the second package of referee appointments for Champions League's third matchday of this season.



22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group A, Georgios Karaiskakis (GRE)
Olympiakos - Juventus Turin
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN))  
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group A, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid - Malmö FF
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: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Mcgrath (IRL) 
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group B, Anfield Road, Liverpool (ENG)
Liverpool FC - Real Madrid CF
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: José Guilherme Aguiar (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group B, Natsionalen Stadion Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - FC Basel
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: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Sajn (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Gerhard Sager (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group C, BayArena, Leverkusen (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen - Zenit St Petersburg
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group C, Georgios Karaiskakis (GRE)
AS Monaco - Benfica SL
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel 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: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Henk Kesler (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group D, Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels (BEL)
RSC Anderlecht - Arsenal FC
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR) 
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group D, Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
Galatasaray - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB) 
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)
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19 October 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3 (Tuesday)

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UEFA has appointed Danny Makkelie to oversee his first Champions League match of his career at Stamford Bridge. Furthermore UEFA's Vice Officer of Refereeing will observe Sergei Karasev in his third match with Schalke 04 involvement, while committee member Jozef Marko will assess Ovidiu Hategan in Nicosia.


21 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Group E, Arena Khimki, Moscow (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - Manchester City
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berretyán (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sándor Szabo (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: László Viszokai (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group E, Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA)
AS Roma - FC Bayern München
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Athanassios Briakos (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Andrei Medintsev (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group F, Camp Nou, Barcelona
FC Barcelona - Ajax Amsterdam
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien Macgraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanovic (MNE)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group F, GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
APOEL - Paris SG
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group G, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
FC Schalke 04 - Sporting Lisbon
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group G, Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - NK Maribor
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Diks (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Rob van de Ven (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group H, Borisov Arena, Borisov (BLR)
BATE Borisov - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group H, Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Athletic Club
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: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)
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16 October 2014

Weekly News: Vanishing spray in Germany, Busacca's instruction on handballs, Gianluca Rocchi suspended for a month and a bomb at Cyprus Referee's association.

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These are the news we have gathered from the refereeing's point of view over the last 2 weeks. DFB will ban vanishing spray from Bundesliga matches over health concerns. Moreover FIFA's head of refereeing was called to Brazil to help clarify the issue of handball. Italian Elite official Gianluca Rocchi is suspended by FIGC for a month after his handling of Juventus - Roma the previous weekend. Finally Cyprus football is suffering from another violent act since a bomb went off at the headquarters at the Cyprus Referee's association in Nicosia.


Vanishing spray to be abolished in Bundesliga?

German product-safety organisation Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TÜV) has banned the use of the revolutionary vanishing spray.
The TÜV have decreed that referees will be unable to use the spray in the Bundesliga after the foam tested positive for “hormonally active” ingredients.
The spray was due to be introduced on 18th October, but those plans were put on hold after the German football federation (DFB) found the Argentina-produced spray could not be used as it wasn’t approved or manufactured in the EU.
According to Bild, the DFB then had TÜV test the spray extensively, with the safety auditors finding that not only did it contain suspicious “hormonally-active” parabens but that it was also flammable to require labelling. The spray was also found to contain more than the legal limit of greenhouses gases.
Any referee who uses the spray during a Bundesliga match is likely to receive a fine and could also be subject to legal proceedings.

Head of refereeing at the DFB, Lutz Michael Frohlich, has said they could "look for alternatives to the expensive import from Argentina" after a report from TUV Rheinland suggested the 9-15 spray could be potentially harmful.
But Pablo Silva, the entrepreneur who developed the spray has said he will take legal action should the DFB import another kind of spray and says there are no concerns over the safety of his invention.
"If the DFB uses the spray from another provider, we will complain about it," Silva told Bild. 
"Other vendors may not use our patent. Neither the ingredients nor the principle of the invention itself, it would of course be totally illegal.
"The spray is no risk to anyone's health. More than 300,000 games were conducted with the spray. We obey all laws. There is, in my view, no reason not to use the spray in Germany."

"You need hands". Massimo Busacca speaking.

FIFA referees chief Massimo Busacca has stepped into a row in Brazil where an apparently astonishing instruction has sparked confusion over what exactly is handball.
Brazilian referees were reportedly told to punish every defensive handball in penalty areas with penalty kicks, regardless of whether the offence was intentional.
Making ball-to-hand carry the same weight as hand-to-ball flouts the laws of the game.
Penalties have been awarded when defenders have been hit at point blank range, palpably unable to get an arm or hand out of the way.
However, there have also been instances of blatant handling offences going undetected.
n Brazil, all parties including referees have been called to a meeting this week to resolve the issue.
Busacca has attempted clarification, saying: “A player needs his hand and his arm to run, jump and balance. You cannot play the game without using hands and arms.
“Hence referees must apply the law which includes a decision on intent.”

Gianluca Rocchi suspended for a month.

Gianluca Rocchi, the referee who officiated Juventus-Roma will return in November after he serves a suspension emanated by head referee designator and former referee Domenico Messina, according to whom he missed only one call: the penalty on Maicon. 
The official from Florence reportedly reacted this way to the fallout that followed Sunday’s match at the Juventus Stadium “What bothered me the most were the comments made about my aptitude, by people who thought that it was wrong to exclude me from the World Cup”, on Gazzetta dello Sport. The suspension is to protect Rocchi, not to punish him. Until November he will not make an appearance as a head official but might make an appearance as a goal judge.
All the errors seen on Sunday’s supermatch were questions of millimeters, nothing completely scandalous. What the referee designator didn’t like is the penalty given for Maicon’s arm-ball near the edge of the big box. With respect to the other episodes (the penalties for fouls on Totti and Pogba and Vidal’s position on Bonucci’s goal) were fine decisions. 

Bombing attempt at the Cyprus Referee's association Headquarters.

Cyprus refereeing suffers from another act of violence less than 2 weeks after a bombing atempt against 1st League Assistant referee Andrea Andreou when an explosive device was set-off outside his house.
This time the target was the Headquarters of the Cyprus Referee's Association. At the night of Monday 13/10 the police was closed after an explosion in Nicosia. Thankfully noone was hurt and there were some minimal damages on the building. Police opened an official investingation linking that bomb with the previous one against an Assistant Referee and a previous attempt against FIFA Referee Leontios Trattou last February when strangers placed a bomb at his car.

Cyprus Football Association and  Cyprus Referees Association both issued a statement condemning the attack. Even FIFA President Sepp Blatter send a letter to CFA expressing their sympathy to Cyprus Referees (see here).
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11 October 2014

UEFA U21 EURO 2015 Qualifiers Appointments - Play Off (II)

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for the play-off matches of UNDER 21 EURO 2015 qualifiers. Second legs to be played on 14 October 2014.

A new beginning for István Vad?
14 October 2014, 16:00 CET
Giglio, Reggio Emilia (ITA)
Italy - Slovakia
Referee: Steven McLean (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Gavin Harris (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Cibalia Vinkovci, Vinkovci (CRO)
Croatia - England
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Georg-Meiches, Essen (GER)
Germany - Ukraine
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED) 
Fourth Official: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
A Mata Real, Pacos de Ferreira (POR)
Portugal - Netherlands
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Richard Havrilla (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Ramón de Carranza, Cadiz (ESP)
Spain - Serbia
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Hartmann (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

14 October 2014, 18:15 CET
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
Iceland - Denmark
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Istvan Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

14 October 2014, 20:00 CET
Örjans vall, Halmstad (SWE)
Sweden - France
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralović (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)
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10 October 2014

Video Coaching - Assessing the Level of Punishment 6 - Reckless Tackle (solved)

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The following match situation is taken from FC Zürich - Borussia M'gladbach (UEL) and belongs to the category Assessing the Level of Punishment. You are warmly encouraged to participate in discussion by answering the poll or placing a comment. Our solution will appear in this thread in a couple of days.



Our solution:

The white-dressed defending player goes into a challenge and comes too late. With the ball already away, he makes intentional and unfair contact with the opponent's foot by using his studs coming from the top, showing little interest in the welfare of his opponent.
While the defender's action might be interpreted as serious foul play, as such tackles have the potential to endanger the safety of an opponent if they e.g. touch their shinbones or ankles, tackles of this specific type are rather low and "only" have a moderate intensity. Therefore they should be considered as reckless.

DIRECT FREE-KICK, YELLOW CARD
(72% agreed with that)
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09 October 2014

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for October 2014 (MD3)

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These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD3 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 12, 13 and 14 October 2014. Missing appointments will be added in due course. 

Damir Skomina will officiate Germany - Republic of Ireland
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06 October 2014

UEFA U21 EURO 2015 Qualifiers Appointments - Play Off (I)

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for the play-off matches of UNDER 21 EURO 2015 qualifiers. First legs to be played on 9 and 10 October 2014. Missing appointments will be added in due course. 

Greek Anastasios Sidiropoulos will be observed by Italian Roberto Rosetti

9 October 2014, 18:30 CET
AZ Stadion, Alkmaar (NED)
Netherlands - Portugal
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

10 October 2014, 17:00 CET
Stadium: Gradski, Jagodina (SRB)
Serbia - Spain
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

10 October 2014, 17:00 CET
Štadión FC ViOn, Zlate Moravce (SVK)
Slovakia - Italy
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
Fourth Official: Cosme Machado (POR)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis Astiazarán Iriondo (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

10 October 2014, 17:30 CET
KP Tcentralnyi, Cherkassy (UKR)
Ukraine - Germany
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Olzhas Abrayev (KAZ)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

10 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Aalborg Stadion, Aalborg (DEN)
Denmark - Iceland
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Erez Papir (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Götz Bender (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

10 October 2014, 18:45 CET
Molineux, Wolverhampton (ENG)
England - Croatia
Referee: Javier Estrada (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: José Miranda (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Martín (ESP)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Dumitru Mihalache (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

10 October 2014, 18:45 CET
MMArena, Le Mans (FRA)
France - Sweden
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: David Vang Andersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Prodani (ALB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
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