February 18, 2013

A Scottish Champions League Wednesday

UEFA has appointed an amount of twelve Scottish match officials to oversee Wednesday's matches in UEFA Champions League's Round of 16, First Legs. Being observed by Pierluigi Collina, William Collum will take charge of the clash between Galatasaray and Schalke 04. The other Scottish Elite referee Craig Thomson will attend the match AC Milan - FC Barcelona to be played at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

William Collum (34) (c) ZIMBIO


(TUR) Galatasaray
20:45
Schalke 04 (GER)
13 February 2013, 20:45 CET – Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul, Turkey
Referee
William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1
Martin Cryans (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2
William Conquer (SCO)
Fourth Official
Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1
Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2
John Beaton (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer
Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate
Jacques Antenen (SUI)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer
unknown


(ITA) AC Milan
20:45
FC Barcelona (ESP)
13 February 2013, 20:45 CET – Stadio Giuseppe Meazze, Milano, Italy
Referee
Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1
Derek Rose (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2
Alasdair Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official
Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1
Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2
Kevin Clancy (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer
László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate
Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer
Gregorio Dall’aglio (ITA)

58 Comments:

  1. Anonymous18/2/13 19:46

    Two poor nominations.

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  2. Collina observer Willam Collum, what does that mean? A no is that Collum is a global future, and certainly will be strong competitor Craig Thomson before ME-2016

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    1. Anonymous19/2/13 10:08

      incredibly, this colorless collum whistles UCL and is observed even by Collina. A political decision!

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  3. In general I think it's an ok decision to appoint Thomson for this match, also keeping in mind that they did not have that many opportunities. For Collum, it's just a confirmation of his big progress and the good performances in the past. And it's already the second time Collina observes him..I am sure UEFA/Dallas have big plans with him after or even before Euro 2016 (remember, more referees will needed due to the higher number of teams compared to 2012).

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  4. Manuel Grafe with 10 yellow and two red cards (of course in my way of counting). Must have been exciting match. And Schriever's one yesterday too. Even lenient Brych issued two red cards (the second is wrong to me). Card festival on this weekend in Bundesliga. Very rare thing.

    I'll be serious, it makes me a bit happy. German officials who always wait and wait before finally show out cards are becoming more brave and don't hesitate to issue red cards. Nice.

    Of course, Admin, you have probably different view :P

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    1. I do not think it's something extra-ordinary. Of course that weekend was special, but not in Bundesliga, just in 2. Bundesliga. Don't take Stark or Gagelmann as typical German referees..those who are pushed by DFB and UEFA are referees who are lenient but ready to issue sending-offs if needed (Gräfe, Zwayer, Aytekin, Welz..Brych as well). But I agree, the second sending-off issued by Gräfe was harsh, same counts for Brych's second sending-off in Dortmund, too.

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    2. Grafe is not so lenient I think, as well I consider Gagelmann as typical ultralenient German referee.

      And it was extra-ordinary. I really can't give you example from my mind, when the German referee gave red card harshly :P Of course, I don't watch Bundesliga too often, but you must say that German referees seems a bit more lenient than their colleagues in other European countries. Personally, I don't like it, but every nation has own policy in refereeing. It's good when only it is consistent at national level.

      By the way, refereeing :) Should be the same or similar in every part of the World and then you try to compare German officials with Portuguese/CONCACAF/CONMEBOL ones :)

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    3. It's different like CONMEBOL football completely differs from European football and the South American mentality completely differs from the European one (although one may not generalize).

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  5. Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) was suspended for one match (sic!) for his unsporting behaviour in the match against Nacional when he kicked the opponent when the ball was not in play and then pulled Pedro Proenca by his shirt. Ridiculous 'punishment'... Don't know how much Portuguese FA must be (use every negative word as you can imagine)...

    The next extremely brutal foul had place in Rio Ave - Braga yesterday. Only watch this video and give your opinion. For me, it should be at least 6 matches ban...
    http://videos.sapo.pt/hm4zscocRLdEbjRPRFr8

    Today big clash in Qatar Stars League (Al-Sadd - Al-Rayyan) will be refereed by national crew leaded by Banjar Al-Dossari. Big surprise if you ask me :)

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    1. Terrible foul but I can't be sure that it was intentional, because the player in tackle was a bit reckless in his action. By the way, of course correct red card.

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  6. To compare:

    FIFA has ordered Canada forward Olivier Occean to serve a six-match ban after he was ejected and then insulted the referee during a World Cup qualifier against Cuba.

    Occean was sent off after a scuffle during Canada's 3-0 victory in Toronto on October 12. FIFA says Occean committed an "act of unsporting conduct" then used "offensive language" toward the officials.

    FIFA's disciplinary panel also fined the 31-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt player $9,250. He also must pay the costs of the proceedings.

    Occean served the first of his six-match sanction when Canada lost 8-1 to Honduras and was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup. Occean must serve his ban at competitive matches, starting with the Gold Cup tournament in July.

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  7. Anonymous19/2/13 10:28

    I like Manuel Gräfe as referee, but yesterday I think
    that he don´t mahe one good work.

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  8. Anonymous19/2/13 10:30

    Liverpool - Zenit: Kuipers-Van Roekel-Zeinstra-Schaap-Van Boekel-Liesveld

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  9. Mohamed A.Fattah19/2/13 10:41

    After his Controversial performance in AFCON 2013 in South Africa. Gehad Grisha (EGY) has officiated 2 matches in Qatar Stars League.
    Algeish – Al Sadd
    Referee : Gehad Grisha
    AR1 : Shreif Hassan
    AR2 : Abo Al Sadat Tahseen

    The 2nd match still not confirmed until today.

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  10. Very interesting appointments in EL, I will comment later, but let me say that Mazic missing is a big surprise there.
    What happened?

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  11. If UEFA dont give Europa League KO match to Mažić,thar would be very very big mistake.
    I hope that they left out him now,just because he will get match in next fase.
    If not...definitly bad decision

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    1. Here the missing (until now) names (Elite and Elite dev.):
      Martin Atkinson (ENG), Olegario Benquerenca (POR), Cüneyt Cakir (TUR), Stéphane Lannoy (FRA), Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Damir Skomina (SVN), Firat Aydinus (TUR), David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Milorad Mazic (SRB), Bas Nijhuis (NED), Peter Rasmussen (DEN).

      Probably, we haven't to be worried. It's clear that the presence of several CATEGORY 1 referees (Yefet, Gumienny...) in this EL stage, hasn't left room to other DEVELOMENT officials, so I'm sure that we will read Mazic, Aydinus and all the other missing names, in the next stage (round of 16). There are still many matches in Europa League.

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  12. Well:

    Rasmussen, Borbalan, Bas, Mazic and Aydinus dont have a R32 match of EL... Considering some of them (Mazic, Aydinus) did really well at groupstage. I started to think that we may see a direct CL R16 for those... And rest, I dont know. It is really complited.

    Do we know whther there was any Yo-Yo test or like that at Rome? That some referees have failed or whatever?

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    1. You can read above my guess.
      Probably these names are kept for round of 16 matches, since there are several Category 1 now.

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    2. Anonymous20/2/13 17:05

      I know that all of the ED group passed the fitness test. I support Mr. Collina's ( Mr. Dallas and Mr. Batta ) system- let's give everyone a chance! Remember that we also got an amazing quality referees- made Brych, Cakir, Skomina, Aydinus, Mazic, Bebek, Kralovec. There are many match- all will get a chance. Patience, gentlemen!
      Regards!
      And praise great team Nic, Chefren, Hubert D, Catagay...

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    3. Thank you for putting me along with other names! Regards!

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    4. Anonymous21/2/13 17:02

      Sorry- " Relaxed Man ", Edward, etc... Someone, very clever, serving my rhetoric- but, I support the policy of UEFA REFEREE COMMITTEE! Patience, patience... I thought it was a mistake- but Thomson did not. It was a great decision. You have my support, but Nic knows that I have no time for such analysis. Time is money!
      Regards!
      Dr Bane, Belgrade

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  13. Observed Thomson in match MILAN - BARCELONA,and l can say that 41 years Scot doesnot heve too much work, because every game is clean puki

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  14. Anonymous20/2/13 22:03

    OMG mister Thomson, how is possible to not see this obvious handball ???? 1-0 Milan and huge crucial mistake....

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    1. I agree, that was quite clear and should have been seen by referee or AAR.

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  15. And again, we will have a long discussion about handballs.
    Deliberate touch? My first remark is that this kind of handball is punished when you are in a wall and you jump, increasing the volume of your body. But we can also say that Zapata tried to protect his head from the ball.
    Again, I think there isn't a 100% correct or wrong reading for this situation.

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    1. Anonymous20/2/13 22:26

      Come on chefren...obviously not a natural protection, zapata doesn't protect his head. Furthermore, his hands are on the right and left of his body, not In front of his head....so for the former national ref i am, clear crucial mistake.

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    2. I want to watch again the situation but I can agree with you.

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  16. Anonymous20/2/13 22:16

    Clear handsball by Milan player and his team took advantage and scored...should have been disallowed

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  17. I don't know what Thomson did this evening with added time.
    In first time he gave 3 minutes (signaled by the fourth official) but he whistled at 45:00.
    Then now, in second half, 5 minutes, very exaggerated decision.

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  18. William Collum with a good game. Above my expectations. In my eyes no crucial mistakes, seven yellow cards. Good control, he saw (almost) everything. Well done!

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    1. I have read that he gave 2 cards for demanding cards, very harsh! Is this is style or it happened just because he was under the eyes of Collina?

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    2. Both were correct Chefren. All the referees were given a directive by Collina to issue such cards when they are quite obvious. When a player is asking for a card for 10'' then for me this is worthy of a card.

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  19. I watched Collum from min. 8 until 93.

    For me he had a very good performance. All the YC (7) he issued were completely correct. Very good fitness and alertness letting the game flow as much as possible and he was present every time there was an infraction. Plus he correctly rejected a penalty appeal by Schalke 04 when the ball hits at Sabrioglu's hand but the hand is stuck to his body. Very good co-operation with his assistants (+additional).

    A performance worthy of 8.4.

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    1. I thought the same as long as I saw a replay of the handball scene. Sabrioglu pulls both arms to his upper body and slightly enlarges his body volume, a touch with his hand was obvious. I do not want to decide that, clash of criteria for handball. I can accept this call, but a penalty would have been ok as well. They should finally simplify it. And Collum was indeed good, sometimes a bit pedantic. Both yellows for demanding cards were spot-on, very good.

      Thomson also missed a handball penalty to Barca (handball Mexes), not only the 1-0 was an error.

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    2. A fair enough performance by Collum...Good with cards, control. I always appriciate his style.
      Good offside flags by ARs.
      I dont think that was a penalty btw. Niclas, it is normal to turn around like a 30 degree while you are felling down/blocking the kick, the hand/arm is in normal position. But of course, I know what you mean.

      An obvious 8.4 also to me...

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  20. And l've seen it rip, and l will tell you straight that is was accidental, because the ball hit the backof pre-BARCA player and bounced into the hands of ZAPATA. In this case, dumb question of deliberately playing the ball with his hand

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  21. Finally, I took my decision.
    Handball to be whistled.
    Crucial mistake.
    http://s1.directupload.net/file/d/3172/bwne4gda_jpg.htm

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    1. It can be head as one user at ratetheref forum has stated watching detailed replays on Sky Sports.

      I'm far from giving my opinion. Just don't know was it handball or was not. I give some kind of benefit of the doubt until there will be clear view showed on photo or video.

      It's just far more difficult to understand than it seemed to be at first.

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    2. NO HANDBALL - IT'S HEAD!!!

      Watch it:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA88zFlU0jM

      BRILLIANT CALL BY THOMSON, WOW!

      by the way, it could have been free kick to Milan for handball of Barcelona player :)

      THANK YOU, TECHNOLOGY!

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    3. It was impossible to understand without a zoom.
      I have to say sorry, very good decision by Thomson, but what about Mexes situation?

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    4. I didn't watch the whole match. But again, what a superb call by Thomson! Everyone thought it was a handball, deliberate or not, but handball and now... boom :D

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    5. I agree about the fact that the video could not be real but modified. The defender cannot keep his arms so stand up in the sky.
      For me defenitevely handball foul !!!! Crucial mistake for Thomson ! (I'm italian not spanish)

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    6. Even so it wouldnt have been deliberate handball guys - from a deflection in o.225 seconds, come on!! :)

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  22. Anonymous21/2/13 10:17

    Collum nonsense card to Jones. And penalty against Galatasaray not signaled.
    Thomson handball clair at first goal.
    Collina and Dallas capricious.

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  23. Anonymous21/2/13 10:47

    If the ball touches players face on 100 km speed it doesn't drop "dead" like this. If the ball touches the hand it does. Just try it your self:)

    Handball, no doubt about it.

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    1. I have serious doubts this video is real.
      Few years ago Pepe was eliminated by Stark in a Real- Barca (semifinal in CL).Afetr the game I saw a fake video where Pepe didn't touch Dani Alves.

      The direction and the speed of the ball after the contact with Zapata's "head" is just curious for me...


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    2. Is real, it's from Sky Sports aftermatch analysis. Maybe it's head/neck, but no way about handball.

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  24. Anonymous21/2/13 13:22

    Collum and Thompson enough bad. It´s logic because
    the Scottish League is middling.

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  25. I just love the fact that you can come on here and rubbish referees without making a profile, perhaps make a profile and engage in discussion without just coming on here to rubbish referees because your team lost. Anyways I watched both games today, Collum with a very good performance (8.3-8.4) I reckon infront of Collina that can only be positive. Thomson who I reckon is the weaker of the two with an expected level performance, the handball is now looking to be an excellent call however I have doubts about the Mexes situation....

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  26. The problem is that I have to decide between a moderation of comments, when anonymouses post such comments, and a relaxed dealing with moderation (only in case of serious abuses). But in the end, freedom of speech, although I do not share such comments.

    And yes, Collum should get 8.4. @ Ryan: I do not want to make nitpicking, but a "very good performance" is not 8.3-8.4. And it was no "non-sense-yellow" to Jones. Absolutely justified call, it's Jones' own fault. Collum was very strict with it (e.g. Moen was not when Ramsey demanded a yellow to Schweinsteiger) and I think such yellows should be given more. Demanding cards for the opponent is one of those unsporting behaviours I detest most.
    Agree on the penalty scene, no penalty is ok. AARs had not much to do, William Conquer as AR2 was very friendly and often laughed and chatted with the players. If I had to decide, Collum would get a quarterfinal's first leg.

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  27. Schalke have protested against Drogba's license to play in UCL. Including this protest, you also have to protest against the first leg's result..

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    1. I have read now this strange news, arrived also in Italy.
      If Schalke makes an official complaint, it means that they want to repeat also the first leg match, because clearly irregular, but 1-1 in my opinion was an excellent result for the German team.
      It seems a nosense in my opinion.
      FIFA and UEFA already know if Drogba can play with Galatasaray or not, it's hard to think that they can act only after Schalke statements.

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  28. About the Mexes situation: I think, it was offside and the referees correctly detected it.

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  29. Oh that could be, I just relied on a highlight session.
    And concerning the handball preceding the 1-0, it was nothing, even if you slow down the full pace picture it becomes quite clear that it has not been a handball. It was the face.

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