22 April 2014

UEFA Europa League semifinals appointments (I)

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UEFA  has appointed the following crews to officiate the first legs of the 2013-14 Europa League semifinals. Cüneyt Çakır, Elite official from Turkey will be the man in the middle for the Portuguese-Italian clash between SL Benfica and Juventus Turin.
At the same time, Slovenian official Damir Skomina will oversee the Spanish derby between Sevilla CF and Valencia CF, under the eyes of Italian observer Roberto Rosetti.

Cüneyt Çakır in charge of a semifinal (c) repubblica.it

24 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla, Spain
Sevilla CF - Valencia CF
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer:

24 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal
SL Benfica - Juventus Turin
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: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)
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21 April 2014

Howard Webb to handle Real Madrid - Bayern München

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42-year old Howard Webb of England has been designated to take control over Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid and FC Bayern München are about to meet for the second time after 2011/12 in this stage of the competition fighting for the honour to join Lisbon final in May.

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A former sergeant and professional referee, Webb was chosen by FIFA to attend Brazil's World Cup 2014 in the midst of January. It is Webb's third semifinal in a row, having handled Real Madrid's 2:0 win but equally defeat vs Borussia Dortmund last year and Bayern München's win against, yes, Real Madrid in 2012. For the Englishman it is already the sixth Champions League match of this season, three of them involving Real Madrid (1:1 at Juventus Turin and 6:1 at Schalke 04). The German champions won't be glad if they believe in statistics: in 2010, Webb oversaw their Champions League final loss against Internazionale in Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
His standard assistant referees Michael Mullarkey and Darren Cann will run his lines, while Elite referee Martin Atkinson and Anthony Taylor have been selected as additional assistant referees. Stephen Child will function as fourth official.
What makes this designation even more vital is the presence of UEFA's Chief Officer of Refereeing Pierluigi Collina who will accompany and assess the match officials' performance and probably give them vital advices with regard to the pending World Cup.


23 April 2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Real Madrid CF - FC Bayern München
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)
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20 April 2014

Swedish Jonas Eriksson to take charge of Vicente Calderón clash

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Swedish World Cup referee Jonas Eriksson has been nominated to take charge of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg between Atlético Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Vicente Calderón. After having taken charge of Manchester City - FC Barcelona in the Round of 16, the Spurs' defeat against Benfica SL in Europa League and finally Bayern München's 3:1 win over Manchester United in the Champions League quarterfinals, it is the fourth match in a row for Eriksson with English involvement. He will be assisted by the same quintet that was already active in the quarterfinals, featuring his regular assistant referees Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Wärnmark on the sidelines, Stefan Johannesson and Markus Strömbergsson on the goallines and Daniel Gustavsson as the fourth official.



22 April 2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Atlético Madrid - Chelsea FC
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)


At the same time it has very likely turned out that the Champions League Final 2014 will not be controlled by the professional referee from Sigtuna taking into account that it has never happened that a Champions League semifinal official handled the consecutive final. Depending on Bayern München's result, Björn Kuipers and Felix Brych could be potential names in the run for Lisbon final and, as usual, a certain Serbian could maybe surprise us all.
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18 April 2014

Pierluigi Collina to observe Real Madrid - Bayern München

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UEFA's Chief Officer of Refereeing Pierluigi Collina of Viareggio, Italy, will observe next week's UEFA Champions League first leg between Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern München at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Please find the full designations of UEFA's match officials below.


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12 April 2014

Ángel Di María Missed Penalty By Infringing Law 14

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Last Tuesday's UEFA Champions League second leg between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid gave further and ample device that you should never give up after a clear loss suffered in the first leg as a team. Having been down 0:3 in Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, last year's Wembley finalists almost managed to draw level with the Madrilenians. Hence, the match was highly challenging but very well handled by Slovenian Damir Skomina and his team who awarded a totally justified penalty in favour of Real Madrid in the early stages of the game (deliberate handball). But they missed something quite peculiar in this process.



As you can see, Real Madrid player Ángel di María failed to convert this penalty into a goal by slipping on the wet ground and meeting his match in goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller. What the replay also unbosoms is that the Argentinian attacker deflected his own left-foot shot with his right forward section of foot. And this case is clearly defined in Law 14:

"If, after the penalty kick has been taken, the kicker touches the ball again (except with his hands) before it has touched another player, an indirect free-kick is awarded to the opposing team and the kick is to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred." 

For this reason, Damir Skomina should have stopped play and awarded an indirect free-kick to Borussia Dortmund. Overall he can be quite lucky that di María did not score from the penalty spot although one may raise doubts whether anybody had protested. Naturally these words should not be understood as anatomical seeming dissection of this incident, neither should it blame the referee and his assistants for not detecting it. On the field of play, this is (almost) impossible to detect, also keeping in mind that the assistant referee has to focus on the 2nd last defender line, the additional assistant referee on the goal-line and the referee on the penalty kick taker and the forward movement of the ball. And surely, considering the spirit of the match at the highest level of (commercialized) football, such Laws of the Game tend to play no role - for some good reasons. But technically considered, this situation has certainly been quite odd.
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11 April 2014

Miroslav Zelinka to handle UEFA Youth League final

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UEFA's First Group official Miroslav Zelinka from Czech Republic has been appointed to oversee the first edition of Youth League's final, to be played in Nyon (Switzerland) on Monday 14 April. He will be assisted by his countrymen Ondřej Pelikán and Krystof Mencl, while Stephan Klossner from Switzerland will act as fourth official.  The crew will be observed by Frenchman Marc Batta.

Miroslav Zelinka, at his first international final (c) ct24.cz


A FIFA referee since 2011, Zelinka, 1981 born, made his debut in Europa League group stage two years ago,   while this season he got Pierluigi Collina as "unofficial" observer (along with Johannes Reigwart from Netherlands)  in Fiorentina - Pandurii, played at Artemio Franchi in Florence, Italy.

Final, 14 April 2014, 16:30 CET
Stadium: Colovray, Nyon (SUI)  
SL Benfica - FC Barcelona
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Fourth Official: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Sofoklis Pilavios (GRE)
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08 April 2014

UEFA Youth League - Semifinals Appointments

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UEFA Referees Committee has appointed the following officiating crews in order to take control of the 2013-14 UEFA Youth League semifinals, to be played in Nyon (SUI) on the next Friday.
In both matches, Marc Batta from  France will take the duties of the UEFA Referee Observer.
The final match will be played three days later (14 April) in the same stadium.

Paweł Raczkowski from Poland, in charge of a semifinal (c) lechia.pl

Semifinal, 11 April 2014, 13:00 CET
Stadium: Colovray, Nyon (SUI)  
Real Madrid - SL Benfica
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Sofoklis Pilavios (GRE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Semifinal, 11 April 2014, 16:30 CET
Stadium: Colovray, Nyon (SUI)
Schalke 04 - FC Barcelona
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Borkowski (POL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Fourth Official: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Sofoklis Pilavios (GRE)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)
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Europa League Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments for Return Legs

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The following teams have been defined to take care of the four return legs in UEFA Europa League's quarterfinals. The committee fully relies on four experienced Elite referees; Gianluca Rocchi of Italy (photo) thus has been appointed to oversee the probably tightest of the four duels between Sevilla CF and FC Porto.



10 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Estadi di Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
Valencia CF - FC Basel [0:3]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispál (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Svein Johannessen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

10 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
Benfica SL - AZ Alkmaar [1:0]
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: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

10 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla, Spain
Sevilla CF - FC Porto [0:1]
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick McGrath (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp (GER)

10 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
Juventus Turin - Olympique Lyon [1:0]
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Khennet Tallinger (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Marcel (NED)
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07 April 2014

What's the hurry?

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While it is surely a keen dream of every European referee to arrive at the top in UEFA Champions League one day, some of the established Elite Group referees obviously cannot wait until blowing the final whistle - I have no other explanation for a trend we observed during many of last weeks' matches.


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Champions League Quarterfinals: Jonas Eriksson and Howard Webb appointed

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UEFA Referees Committee has appointed the Swedish Elite official Jonas Eriksson to handle the clash between Bayern München and Manchester United. He will be assisted by his regular team. After the Round of 16 match involving Manchester City and FC Barcelona, this will be the second game in the CL KO stage for the Swedish crew.
At the same time, English official Howard Webb will take control of the Spanish derby between Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona . He will be there after having officiated the tie between Schalke 04 and Real Madrid in the Round of 16 of the same competition.
Both matches ended in a 1-1 draw in the first leg, therefore the qualification is still open to any outcome.

We wish both officials good luck. 




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06 April 2014

Champions League Quarterfinals: Proença and Skomina in charge

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Pierluigi Collina and company have defined the referees for the second legs of Champions League's quarterfinals to be played on Tuesday evening.

Portuguese Pedro Proença will control the match between Chelsea FC and Paris SG. The Blues will have to recover from a 1:3 defeat suffered in the first leg which promises an intense and atmospherical game at Stamford Bridge.
While this tie thus is not decided yet, Borussia Dortmund will play Real Madrid without having huge prospect to recover from the clear 0:3-loss of the first match. Slovenian Damir Skomina has been assigned to handle this match being again assisted by Italian Gianluca Cariolato on the far sideline.




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04 April 2014

The 3rd Team Goes Social

The 3rd Team has extended its social media presence to the medium of Facebook in order to gather new readers from different parts of the world. On the new page there will be updates of the latest news in international and UEFA refereeing. There is a possibility of commenting below the articles on Facebook, however the main room for debate remains here, on this blog. We invite you all to like and share our, your page and please come forward if you have any suggestions for improving the blog.


Kind regards, The 3rd Team!
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UEFA Observers and Delegates for Quarterfinals (Second Legs)

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UEFA has nominated the following referee observers and delegates to attend next week's return legs of Champions League's quarterfinals. By reading these assignments, first conclusions on the referee we have to expect are possible.

Who will meet Jozef Marko this time? © ipravda.sk
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01 April 2014

Europa League Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments (I)

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UEFA has appointed the following officiating crews to take control of the 2013-14 Europa League quarterfinals fist-leg matches.

Scottish William Collum will be observed by Zdravko Jokić (c) motherwellfc.co.uk

03 April 2014, 21:05 CET
St.-Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland
FC Basel - Valencia CF
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jake Collin (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

03 April 2014, 21:05 CET
AZ Stadion, Alkmaar, Netherlands
AZ Alkmaar - Benfica SL
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: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Thórir Hákornarson (ISL)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

03 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal
FC Porto - Sevilla CF
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER) 
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Marcel (NED)

03 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France
Olympique Lyon - Juventus Turin
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Cryans (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: William Conquer (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Gavin Harris (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Repka (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
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31 March 2014

Video Coaching: Illegal Use of Arms

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A pretty bothering consequence resulting from the vastly growing pace of football and technical skills of players over the last couple of years surely is the illegal use of arms present in somehow every modern football match at the highest level. Therefore, FIFA, UEFA and particularly national associations have targeted at toughening the detection and punishment of elbow offenses committed by players. Hence, it is the referees' responsibility to protect players in a preventive fashion and condemn this misconduct by strictly identifying and sanctioning such offenses, but also to be aware of a clear distinction between careless, reckless and elbow offenses using excessive force requiring no card, a yellow card and a red card respectively.


UEFA's Refereeing Instructors are using an understandable and actionable image (tool vs weapon) to determine this distinction that I would like to seize and combine with our interpretations:

1. 'Careless' means that the player has shown a lack of attention or consideration when making his challenge or that he acted without precaution. In the case of carelessly used arms in a duel, there is no further disciplinary sanction needed.
2. 'Reckless' means that the player has acted with complete disregard of the danger to, or consequences for, his opponent. He must be cautioned in this case. Players, who deploy their arm or elbow as a tool, are considered to have acted in a reckless manner and must receive a yellow card.
3. 'Using excessive force' means that the player has far exceeded the necessary use of force and is in danger of injuring his opponent. In such a case, the player has to be sent off with a red card. Players, who deploy their arm or elbow as a weapon, are considered to have used excessive force and must be sent off with a red card.

The following clips are a compilation of several elbow offenses and illustrate that players very often use their arms in a subtle but efficient way to unfairly tackle their opponents and benefit from that, mostly when fighting for the possession of the ball in aeriel duels.




The classic example of an elbow used as a weapon: in the World Cup 2006 match between Italy and the United States, blue #4 deliberately and brutally tackles his opponent white #20 using his elbow as a weapon. He is correctly sent off with a red card by the referee, who has a perfect position to detect this infringement.




A player (white #11) is continuously attacked by some opponents close to the sideline being in possession of the ball. At first, he carts out his arms and recklessly makes physical contact with red #15. The play is allowed to continue. Seconds later, white #11 continues the illegal use of his arms and hits red #8's face, making strong and deliberate physical contact with the opponent which becomes specially visible in the real pace. He therefore uses his arm as a weapon, i.e. with excessive force endangering the safety of his opponent. For this reason, the offender must be sent off with a red card. This situation could have been avoided if the referee had detected the first elbow offense and stopped play due to that. This is a perfect example of prevention that would have been needed to avoid serious infringements and injuries in the context of the illegal use of arms. In addition, the referee should be reminded that it is useful to pay attention to an adequate (and in this case shorter) distance to the player he is about to show the card and to avoid that other players are standing between him and the offender during the card showing procedure.




While being in possession of the ball, red #31 deliberately makes strong physical elbow contact with blue #5. Indicated by a clear movement of the elbow towards the opponent's face and a sideways step into his direction, #31 clearly uses his arm as a weapon endangering the safety of an opponent. He must be sent off with a red card. It is a poor signal that the referee - fully aware of the instructions given by UEFA at the recent seminars - fails to issue the mandatory red card for this offense considering that his viewing angle could not have been better.




While jumping for the ball in the mid-air, yellow #11 unfairly tackles blue #24 with his arm which is clearly carted out and used as a tool in a reckless manner. He is correctly cautioned with a yellow card by the referee, who is furthermore using a determined and comprehensible body language to communicate his decision.




Two players are fighting for the possession of the ball in an aerial duel. Red #3 and Blue #7 therefore jump to reach the ball. #3 recklessly uses his clearly extended arm as a tool in this challenge and hence makes clear physical contact with the opponent's head. The referee and especially the assistant referee should be more alert to react appropiately to this situation. The offender must be cautioned with a yellow card.



After the five previously shown clips, this video is aimed at making clear that in some cases, elbows and arms are illegally used in an "only" careless manner. In the specific case, green #4 has got his arms in a natural position while starting to jump. He therefore acts without precaution but not more. The referee correctly does not caution the offender and only awards a direct free-kick. However, it must be clear that these situations are mostly the exceptions. Normally, the illegal use of arms should be deemed as reckless tackles as long as the arm has not been used as a weapon with excessive force.



Last but not least, a more debatable video example: Two players are fighting for the ball in an aerial duel. Blue #8 jumps into his opponent Yellow #6 with a slightly extended arm and thus makes contact with latter's cheek. It remains unsure whether the offender has deliberately used his arm as a weapon to endanger the safety of his opponent. If the referee has this opinion, he must send him off with a red card. There are however also arguments in favour of a reckless use of his arm as a tool (e.g. no clear movement of the arm towards the opponent), which requires a yellow card. From our point of view, both disciplinary sanctions, a yellow card and a red card are both appropiate and defendable. According to the information we have, FIFA ruled this decision taken by the referee as correct back in 2010.

Finally, it must be underlined that one key to a successful detection of the illegal use of arms is to have an optimum positioning and good viewing angle on the infringements. If this is guaranteed, awareness is needed. I hope that this post contributes to the latter.

You have almost managed it, just one video is missing! Sometimes, players' arms are (ab-)used as weapons - don't send them off for that, please ;)

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Champions League Quarterfinals: Clattenburg and Mažić to close the first legs

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UEFA's Referee Committee has nominated English Mark Clattenburg and Serbia's World Cup referee Milorad Mažić to take control over Wednesday's enclosing first legs of the quarterfinals of UEFA Champions League 2013/14.
Having already handled a K.O. match in (Atlético) Madrid this season, Clattenburg will now face a challenging and important task at Santiago Bernabeu where Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are about to meet for a remake of last year's semifinals. Serbian Milorad Mažić has been assigned to control the probably "most expensive" match between the giants from Paris and Chelsea FC.

We wish both referee teams all the best.



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30 March 2014

Champions League Quarterfinals: Brych and Velasco on duty in Barcelona and Manchester

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UEFA has appointed Carlos Velasco Carballo and Felix Brych to take charge of the first two quarterfinals of this year's Champions League campaign. The Spanish World Cup 2014 match officials team thus is confirmed for Manchester Utd. - Bayern München following a public declaration issued by RFEF that he had been replaced for his original match in Spanish Primera División on Monday because of international duties.
Germany's World Cup referee Felix Brych will control the Spanish duel between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in Camp Nou - and will be observed by FIFA Committee member Alfredo Trentalange, which is surely no coincidence.

We wish both referee teams all the best.



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28 March 2014

Impressions from Zurich

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One part of the recently picked 33rd team participating in FIFA World Cup 2014 met for another important seminar held in Zurich to prepare for the challenges awaiting the referees and assistant referees from Asia, Europe and Oceania in Brazil.


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27 March 2014

UEFA Under-17 European Championship 2014 - Elite Round - Referee Appointments

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These are the match officials designated to take charge of the final round of UEFA Under-17 EURO 2014's qualifiers, the so-called Elite Round.


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26 March 2014

UEFA Observers and Delegates for Quarterfinals (First Legs)

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The following officials will be on duty for the European football governing body UEFA in Champions League's and Europa League's quarterfinals first leg matches.

Among others, Zdravko Jokić (first left) will observe a match next week

Champions League, 01/04/2014

Manchester United - FC Bayern München
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Prediction (based on RFEF): Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

FC Barcelona - Atlético Madrid
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN)
Prediction: Felix Brych (GER)

Champions League, 02/04/2014

Real Madrid - Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)
Prediction: Damir Skomina (SVN)

Remark: It is the second time that Turkish Oguz Sarvan observes this tie. Back in late 2012, he was present in Dortmund's Westfalenstadion assessing Hungarian Viktor Kassai when Dortmund beat Real with 2:1.

Paris SG - Chelsea FC
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
Prediction: Milorad Mažić (SRB)


Europa League, 03/04/2014

FC Basel - Valencia CF
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
Prediction: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Olympique Lyon - Juventus Turin
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Repka (CZE)
Prediction: William Collum (SCO)

AZ Alkmaar - SL Benfica
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Thórir Hákornarson (ISL)
Prediction: Ivan Bebek (CRO)

FC Porto - Sevilla CF
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)
Prediction: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
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18 March 2014

Europa League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (II)

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UEFA has appointed the following referee teams to take charge of Thursday's return legs of Europa League Round of 16. Greek Tasos Sidiropoulos will control Valencia CF - Ludogorets observed by UEFA Referee Committee member Vlado Šajn - no surprise given the circumstance that he caught our and probably also UEFA's attention by a very good development in his past matches. Same counts for Polish Szymon Marciniak. The Sevilla derby will be handled by Portuguese Pedro Proença, the Italian duel by Howard Webb. And, last but not least, the next mixed team has unfolded: Damir Skomina will be assisted by Italian Gianluca Cariolato.


20 March 2014, 18:00 CET
Saturn, Ramenskoye, Russia
Anji - AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Damien Macgraith (IRL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Siegfried Kirschen (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Stjepan Novosel (CRO)

20 March 2014, 19:00 CET
Estadi de Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
Valencia CF - Ludogorets
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Dimitrios Gagas (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Šajn (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

20 March 2014, 19:00 CET
Štruncovy Sady Stadión, Plzen, Czech Rep.
Viktoria Plzen - Olympique Lyon
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 Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

20 March 2014, 19:00 CET
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
SL Benfica - Tottenham
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Dumitru Mihalache (ROU)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

20 March 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy
ACF Fiorentina - Juventus Turin
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jake Collin (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Glitzo (AUT)

20 March 2014, 21:05 CET
Benito Villamarín, Sevilla, Spain
Real Betis - Sevilla CF
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Alexandre Santos (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

20 March 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
RB Salzburg - FC Basel
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Guido Kleve (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: David Roger Griffiths (WAL)
Blog Referee Observer: Marcel (NED)

20 March 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadio San Paolo, Napoli, Italy
SSC Napoli - FC Porto
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Burt (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil Archambault (CAN)
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17 March 2014

Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (VIII)

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UEFA has appointed Björn Kuipers and Alberto Undiano to take charge of the enclosing two return legs of this season's Champions League Round of 16. The Dutchman, who was recently elected as The Third Team's Referee of the Year 2013, will take charge of the important duel at Old Trafford where Manchester United will have to catch up a 2:0-defeat conceded in the first leg, while Alberto Undiano will control the probably decided encounter between last season's finalists Borussia Dortmund and Zenit St. Petersburg, before handling El Clásico in La Liga next weekend.




19 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Manchester United - Olympiakos [0:2]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

19 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany
Borussia Dortmund - Zenit St. Petersburg [4:2]
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)
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16 March 2014

Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (VII)

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Interesting appointments for Russian Sergei Karasev and German Felix Brych: They have been assigned for respectively very important matches in UEFA Champions League: While for the Russian the decided duel between Real Madrid and Schalke 04 means another step towards a promotion to the Elite Group, Brych has got the chance to convince the committee and Roberto Rosetti at Stamford Bridge that he is a candidate for one of this season's finals besides Jonas Eriksson and Björn Kuipers.



18 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - Schalke 04 [6:1]
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

18 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - Galatasaray Istanbul [1:1]
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Michele Uva (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)
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11 March 2014

Europa League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

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Dutch Elite referee Björn Kuipers from the Netherlands has been appointed by UEFA to handle the full Italian clash between Juventus and ACF Fiorentina, to be played in Turin. 

Björn Kuipers, in charge of  the Italian derby Juventus-Fiorentina

19:00 CET, Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - Valencia CF
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Saint-Cricq Lompre (FRA)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Velid Imamović (BIH)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

19:00 CET, Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - SSC Napoli
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Glitzo (AUT)

19:00 CET, St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - FC Salzburg
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

21:05 CET, Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA) 

21:05 CET, AZ Stadion, Alkmaar (NED)
AZ Alkmaar - Anji
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Mehmet Süheyl Onen (TUR)
Blog Referee Observer: João M.M.S. (POR)

21:05 CET, Stade de Gerland, Lyon (FRA)
Olympique Lyon - Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Rodriguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Marcel (NED)

21:05 CET, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla (ESP)
Sevilla CF - Real Betis
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp S. (GER)

21:05 CET, White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham - SL Benfica
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER) 
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10 March 2014

Together Everybody Achieves More

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There has been a change of this blog's header somewhen in 2012 or 2013, when the quite exaggerated title "World of Football Refereeing" became "The Third Team". It should demonstrate that we are considering referees, (additional) assistant referees and the fourth official as the third team on the field of play besides both football teams. While outstanding players such as Zlatan Ibrahimović or Cristiano Ronaldo have often enough proven that they alone can make all the difference, refereeing is no ring for lone fighters and no stage for soloists. 

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Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (VI)

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UEFA Referee's committee has appointed the  First Category referee Ivan Bebek to handle the clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayer Leverkusen. After having been appointed twice in the last weeks in Europa League round of 32, the Croatian official will be at his debut in the KO stage of UEFA Champions League. Furthermore, the French Elite official Stéphane Lannoy will  be the man in the middle at Camp Nou, having been assigned to the second leg of Barcelona - Manchester City clash.

Ivan Bebek, at his debut in the KO phase of UEFA Champions League (c) croatiaweek.com


12 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
FC Barcelona - Manchester City [2:0]
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Stien (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil Archambault (CAN)

12 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Paris Saint-Germain - Bayer Leverkusen [4:0]
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)
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09 March 2014

Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (V)

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UEFA Referee Committee's members responsible for referee appointments have assigned a Norwegian and an English officiating team to take charge of the first two return legs of Champions League's Round of 16: Svein Oddvar Moen will oversee the top clash between Bayern München and Arsenal FC at 2012 Champions League final's venue - for the Norwegian, it is the second time to handle this duel after last season's Round of 16 first leg in London -, whereas Mark Clattenburg will control the tense and important tie between Atlético Madrid and AC Milan.



11 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Allianz Arena, München, Germany
Bayern München - Arsenal FC [2:0]
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: Leif Erik Opland (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
 
11 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Atlético Madrid - AC Milan [1:0]
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Probert (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jake Collin (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Stjepan N. (CRO)
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UEFA Youth League - Quarterfinals Appointments

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA.

Quarterfinal, 11 March 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Charlety, Paris (FRA)
Paris Saint-Germain FC - Real Madrid
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu  (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Mokrusch  (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Radek Kotik  (CZE)
Fourth Official: Alexandre Perreau Niel  (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Medved  (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers  (SCO)

Quarterfinal, 16 March 2014, 14:30 CET
Stadium: Chelsea Football Club Training Ground, Surrey (ENG)
Chelsea - Schalke 04
Referee: Arnold Hunter  (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey  (NIR) 
Assistant Referee 2: James Eakin  (NIR)
Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear  (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek  (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman  (SVN)

Quarterfinal, 18 March 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Mini Estadi, Barcelona (ESP)
Barcelona - Arsenal
Referee:  Alexander Harkam  (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Witschnigg  (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian-Petru Ciochirca  (AUT)
Fourth Official: David Medie Jimenez  (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo  (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais  (POR)

Quarterfinal, 18 March 2014, 20:00 CET
Stadium: Ewen Fields, Hyde (ENG)
Manchester City - SL Benfica
Referee:  Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Esat Sancaktar (TUR)
Fourth Official: David Coote (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold  (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Pangl  (AUT)
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06 March 2014

UEFA Observers and Delegates for CL Round of 16 Second Legs ready

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These are the officials selected who will observe the referees and delegate the matches of Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg ties during the coming two weeks.


11 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Atlético Madrid - AC Milan
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson (ISL)
Prediction: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

11 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Bayern München - Arsenal FC
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
Prediction: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

12 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Paris SG - Bayer Leverkusen
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)
Prediction: Pavel Královec (CZE)

12 March 2014, 20:45 CET
FC Barcelona - Manchester City
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)
Prediction: Felix Brych (GER)

18 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Real Madrid - Schalke 04
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Prediction: Damir Skomina (SVN)

18 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Chelsea FC - Galatasaray
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Michele Uva (ITA)
Prediction: Milorad Mažić (SRB)

19 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Borussia Dortmund - Zenit St Petersburg
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
Prediction: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

19 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Manchester Utd. - Olympiakos
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (GER)
Prediction: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
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03 March 2014

The IFAB has made clear: The Triple Punishment will persist

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The best piece of news of last week’s 128th annual conference of the IFAB, the body that is responsible for defining and changing the Laws of the Game and their application, has certainly been that – for now – there will not be any form of technology in football exceeding Goalline Technology (GLT) that is to be deployed at FIFA World Cup 2014 and that was first tested last year. The usage of video replays was discussed in Zurich but luckily rejected. This counts for another vitally important issue on the agenda, too: the triple punishment

Nicola Rizzoli correctly sending off Szczesny for DOGSO
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01 March 2014

IFAB has rejected UEFA proposal to avert the "Triple Punishment"

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Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson sending off Martín Demichelis for DOGSO (c) dailymail.co.uk

Following an official request by UEFA, warmly supported by president Michel Platini (here you can find the news), IFAB has discussed in today’s meeting  the opportunity to change or avert the “Triple Punishment”.  The final decision is that nothing will change. The Triple Punishment has been confirmed, therefore a referee will have still to send off a player in case of DOGSO. The hope is  that a red card can occur only in mandatory situations, nevertheless everything will remain under the full discretion of the match officials. 
Apart from that, IFAB has also discussed further issues, deciding in this way: a player will be banned in case of messages under his shirt (especially after a celebration), the usage of head covers has been officially ratified,  no technology on the pitch to help the referee apart from the GLT already in use, the experiment about sin bins will continue at amateur level. 
Finally, FIFA secretary  Jérôme Valcke  has stated that LotG will be changed and  clarified in certain points, especially about the discussed topics, in order to make them even more detailed.







      



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