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: Niclas (GER)

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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UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for October 2014 (MD2)

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These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD2 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 9, 10 and 11 October 2014.

Nicola Rizzoli will be in charge of Sweden - Russia

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05 October 2014

Video Coaching: Offside 1 - Solution

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The following match situation is taken from Dinamo Minsk - ACF Fiorentina and belongs to the category Offside. You are warmly encouraged to participate in discussion by answering the poll or placing a comment.


Posts which you might find helpful:

Challenging an opponent for the ball
Interfering with play 

Our solution:

A white-dressed attacking player is in an offside position in the centre of the penalty area. A pass is played to, but not touched by him. Another attacking player, #72, who has not been in an offside position at the moment of the pass, receives the ball and scores a goal.
Even though the attacking player does not touch the ball, he tries to reach it by sliding towards the ball. Therefore, he is guilty of offside offence by challenging the goalkeeper for the ball. Based on UEFA's instructions, he should be deemed to have an impact on the goalkeeper's ability to save the ball being in playing distance and very close to the ball.

Furthermore, you should keep in mind that UEFA has reminded their referees on the following:

Referees and assistant referees should be aware that interfering with play means not only playing or touching the ball but also can include attempting to play the ball. An attacker, who clearly attempts to play the ball, must be deemed to be interfering with play.
 
For all our readers, who do not belong to national associations in UEFA's area, we rather recommend not to raise the flag for offside in such a case as UEFA's guidelines are partly contradicting or even violating FIFA's Law 11. Our solution depends on UEFA's guidelines.

In our poll, 57 % (249 out of 439 voters) agreed with OFFSIDE OFFENCE.
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02 October 2014

Poor Champions League Refereeing Matchday Raises Questions

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This week's UEFA Champions League matchday has been painful for refereeing and definitely one of the worst matchdays in terms of officiating over the past 2 or 3 seasons. While mistakes are human and it is not our goal to scrutinize or even harrass every performance shown by the referees yesterday and on Tuesday, a simple judgment must be made: some performances were shocking and are a frightening mirror of UEFA's Elite Group and parts of its members. And I better warn you in advance, the term "shocking" could be overused in this post.


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Neuer's Double Contact missed by Scottish Referee Team

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Sometimes it is hard to find words for certain match situations and the following clip shows one of them. It is taken from CSKA Moskva-Bayern München refereed by William Collum of Scotland, who missed a blatant infringement committed by German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. 


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29 September 2014

Europa League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 2

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2014-15 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 2. 

Dutch Danny Makkelie will be observed by committee member Herbert Fandel

Group E , 2 October 2014, 17:00 CET
Stadium: Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
Dinamo Moskva - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Boniek (POL) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Wajda (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Philippe Prudhon (FRA)

Group H , 2 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Kuban, Krasnodar (RUS)
Krasnodar - Everton
Referee: Hüseyin Göcek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eysoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktas (TUR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Ceylan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernandez Marin (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)

Group I , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
Sparta Praha - Young Boys
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Christos Baltas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Athanasios Giachos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)

Group I , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava (SVK)
Slovan Bratislava - SSC Napoli
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fran Jovic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ivica Modric (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Velid Imamović (BIH)

Group J , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dynamo Kyiv - Steaua București
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Mattias Winsauer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2:  Roland Brandner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Fourth Official: Richard Huebler (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Artur Azaryan (ARM)

Group J , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Aalborg Stadion, Aalborg (DEN)
Aalborg - Rio Ave
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Saint Cricq Lompre (FRA) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Said Ennjimi (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Trefor Llyod Hughes (WAL)

Group K , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Roudourou, Guingamp (FRA)
Guingamp - PAOK
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jurij Paskovskij (LTU)
Fourth Official: Saulius Dirda (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Muharrem Zihni Aksoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)

Group K , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Borisov Arena, Borisov (BLR)
Dinamo Minsk - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2:  Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Konrad Sapela (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)

Group L , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Daknam, Lokeren (BEL)
Lokeren - Metalist Kharkiv
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alan Bieri (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Fourth Official: Vital Jobin (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Ísak Mikladal (FRO)

Group L , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu, Trabzon (TUR)
Trabzonspor - Legia Warszawa
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Toth (HUN) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispal (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)

Group G , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam (NED)
Feyenoord - Standard Liège
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Joao Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Antonio Godinho (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

Group G , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Kantrida, Rijeka (CRO)
HNK Rijeka - Sevilla FC
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: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group H , 2 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: VfL Wolfsburg Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg - LOSC Lille
Referee:  Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Costantin Coltescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Mihai Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides (CYP)

Group E , 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: António Coimbra Da Mota, Estoril (POR)
Estoril Praia - Panathinaikos
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristof Meers (BEL) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1:Alexandre Bocaut (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Luc Wouters (BEL)
Fourth Official: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryamond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Vignir Már Thormódsson (ISL)

Group F , 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne (FRA)
AS Saint-Étienne - Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Radu Adrian Stefan Ghinguleac (ROU) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Valentin Gabriel Avram (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Renatus Temmink (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick McGrath (IRL)

Group F , 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
FC Internazionale - Qarabağ FK
Referee: Alexey Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrei Hetsikau (BLR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Fourth Official: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: José Guilherme Aguiar (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Group A , 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich (SUI)
FC Zürich - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul  (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaz Klancnik (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Mertik (SVN)
Fourth Official: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: David Roger Griffiths (WAL)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group A , 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal (ESP)
Villarreal - Apollon Limassol
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Eakin (NIR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Raymond Crangle (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mervyn Smyth (NIR)
Fourth Official: Stephen Bell (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Sajn (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group B , 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Helsinki Football Stadium, Helsinki (FIN)
HJK Helsinki - Club Brugge
Referee: Ognjen Valjić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Sreten Udovicic (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Senad Ibrisimbegovic (BIH) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Edin Jakupovic (BIH)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Fourth Official: Hrvoje Turudic (BIH)
UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: René Eberle (SUI)

Group B , 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Turin (ITA)
Torino FC - F.C. København
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magan (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Manuel Fernandez Miranda (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)

Group C, 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium, Tripoli Arkadia (GRE)
Asteras Tripolis - FK Partizan
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: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

Group C , 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham - Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2:  Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Mike Pickel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)

Group D , 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Marin Anastasovici, Giurgiu (ROU)
Astra Giurgiu - FC Salzburg
Referee: Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jan Paták (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian D. Casha (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)

Group D , 2 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frederick Stalport (BEL) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1:  Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Fourth Official: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)
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Champions League 2014/15 - Matchday 2 - Referee Appointments (Wednesday)

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UEFA has chosen seven Elite Group referees and only one First Group referee to take charge of UEFA Champions League's Matchday 2 Wednesday ties. Felix Brych (Atlético-Juventus) and Gianluca Rocchi (Arsenal-Galatasaray) have been assigned to handle the probably most interesting matches of this package of games.

Atlético will be again refereed by Felix Brych (zimbio ©)



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28 September 2014

FIFA Seminar for Prospective UEFA Referees

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After the World Cup is before the World Cup. FIFA is going to prepare several talented referees for the coming FIFA competitions in 2015. And who knows, maybe some of them will even attend 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Sergei Karasev will very likely represent the home nation at World Cup 2018

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Champions League 2014/15 - Matchday 2 - Referee Appointments (Tuesday)

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Antonio Mateu Lahoz will face a huge test in front of Marc Batta, UEFA's Vice Officer of Refereeing. He has been assigned to take charge of Sporting - Chelsea FC on Tuesday evening. The second matchday will be kicked off by William Collum in Russia's Arena Khimki at 18:00 CET. Please find all referee appointments below.



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26 September 2014

UEFA Observers and Delegates for Matchday 2

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These are the referee observers and delegates for next week's UEFA Champions League matchday. Europa League will follow soon. You can also have your try attempting to predict the match officials for these matches:

Refereeing Vice Officer Marc Batta will observe Sporting-Chelsea
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UEFA has abolished the grey Referee Trousers

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Besides 16 widely good referee performances in UEFA Champions League on Matchday 1 and some unexpected results in thrilling matches, one of the hottest topics of all was the invisibility of the men who should be ideally "invisible" on the field of play. The new referee kit's grey trousers were widely perceived as poorly visible on the pitch - and admittedly, they indeed looked like pyjamas. UEFA has reacted and has abolished these grey pants.

Good for ballerinas, poor for referees: The grey trousers have been abolished
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24 September 2014

Weekly News: UEFA directive on head injuries, Massimo Busacca speaking from Panama and UEFA Course for AAR's

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These are the latest news we have gathered from the Refereeing's point of view: UEFA has issued a directive for head injuries that will apply on all UEFA competitions. Moreover Massimo Busacca talked about the Refereeing part in the World Cup 2014 at a FIFA Technical Conference in Panama. Finally UEFA has organised a Course for Additional Assistant Referees from 24 to 26 September in Nyon.




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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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