April 21, 2013

Viktor Kassai appointed for Bayern - Barcelona bout

It is Viktor Kassai of Hungary who will have the honour to take charge of the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg between Bayern München and FC Barcelona, as the European football union has revealed today.



(c) Murat Ilgaz
23 April 2013, 20:45 CET
Allianz Arena, München, Germany
FC Bayern München - FC Barcelona
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Kispál (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gábor Erös (HUN)*
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihaly Fabián (HUN)
Fourth Official: György Ring (HUN)*
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Josef Maier (GER)

*György Ring has been replaced by Gábor Erös as assistant referee.

94 Comments:

  1. I would dare to say UEFA has drawn the logical consequence with regard to Gabor Erös and his performances this season.

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    1. I hope that this is forever and also for the WC.
      Robert Kispal is honoured to handle a CL semifinal.
      BTW, totally expected appointment.

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    2. His style purely fits to this clash.
      I believe, We will watch an unforgettable match

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    3. I totally agree with you.
      The analysis for this appointment can be summarized in one sentence I think: The best referee possible for this match has been appointed.

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  2. Didn't Kassai officiate Barcelona in his last appointment? I am also relieved to see that Eros has been replaced by Kispal. Eros has been making too many mistakes and has had too many chances to redeem himself. It was inevitable that he was going to get replaced sooner or later. As for the second leg, I can't look past Howard Webb.

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  3. Anonymous21/4/13 11:51

    Poor Barcelona with Kassai.........

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    1. Anonymous24/4/13 09:08

      Very well Bayern. Very bad Barça.
      And Kassai, as I said, one disaster with
      3 goals illegals.
      Collina,Dallas and Batta must be removed.

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  4. Blog Observers
    Bayern München - FC Barcelona: Cagatay I. (TUR) and Carlos S. (COL)

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  5. Completely Logical and deserved appointment. At least now UEFA relies on safe hands for this match.

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  6. Don't count your chickens until they are hatched...one never knows what will come tomorrow ;)

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  7. What about the AARs?
    In a match like this, one might have guessed also Vad, Hungary nr. 2

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  8. After Euro 2012, he was never appointed as such, so that is no surprise for my taste.

    Something which might indicate Brych in EL next week: He handled Bremen-Wolfsburg yesterday evening along with Borsch and Fritz as fourth official. On the other hand, Lupp has a match on Monday, that would slightly speak against this theory..

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  9. Anonymous21/4/13 20:04

    Kassai was one good referee. But this season he don´t
    work well.

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    1. Wasn't he excellent in the Barcelona vs AC Milan game? I think your being very harsh as I feel he has had a good season. Which is probably why he is recieving a semi-final appointment. I think the only thing that has let him down is one of his assistants: Gabor Eros. However, now they have dealt with that problem by using Kispal.

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    2. Every group stage performance was good, Plzen-Napoli as well, Barca-Milan was in my opinion very good, so I don't see where he has a weak season.

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    3. Anonymous22/4/13 10:20

      Kassai never is neutral. Alwayas for home.

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    4. Anonymous24/4/13 09:09


      Very, very bad Kassai. Always for Bayern.

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  10. Very interesting. Expected of course.

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  11. Anonymous22/4/13 00:55

    Do you know whether Kispal or Eros (or both) attended the FIFA seminar last week in Zurich?

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  12. No sorry. I can try to find that out, but will be hard.

    What name do you expect to read in 30 minutes? Damir Skomina or Pedro Proenca? Or someone else?

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    1. Anonymous22/4/13 10:45

      I expect björn kuipers

      best regards phil

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    2. That would be indeed a very interesting appointment, and also a deserved one.

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    3. It is already confirmed by the Dutch FA.
      Bjorn Kuipers referee Borussia Dortmund-Real Madrid

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    4. Anonymous22/4/13 11:02

      Pedro Proença

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  13. Borussia Dortmund (GER) - Real Madrid (ESP)
    REF: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)
    AR1: Sander van Roekel
    AR2: Erwin Zeinstra
    4O: Berry Simons
    AAR1: Pol van Boekel
    AAR2: Richard Liesveld

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  14. Anonymous22/4/13 11:11

    From the moment I had seen Dallas as observer, I knew that Proenca would not referee DOR-REAL. Skomina was never an option, as he had Dortmund at home in R16. Kuipers is a logical appointment. I predict Skomina for BAR-BAY and another surprise for REAL-DOR IMO. Proenca or Webb already out of semifinals, why not both?

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  15. Excellent appointment and this is what one calls performance principle.

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    1. Anonymous22/4/13 11:29

      Was Barça PSG a difficult match?
      for me a hazard by UEFA this appointment

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    2. Not the toughest, but that's no criteria..
      If you handle a match of the importance like Barca-PSG, which was open (2-2 first leg), in such a good manner having total control despite the last 2 minutes, then I can understand a federation that trusts in this referee for another match of this format..

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    3. 12 points for Niklas. :)

      Excellent appointment. I know we can trust him in this hot match.

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    4. Douze points de la Grèce à l'Allemagne! Merci :)

      I would also like to say that I think UEFA is aware of the fact that Kuipers' nomination for a semifinal is probably the most risky one, it does not mean that he could potentially perform badly, but if you send your vice-chief officer, that also should have a reason..

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    5. Yes, it may be risky but in the field BVB - Real can be a very open game without crudities.

      And remember that those 2 teams have already an experience of each other this year. Having observed the Group stage match at this stadium with Kassai in charge I can add that it wasn't so difficult technically.

      Kuipers has the experience and style to control such a game.

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  16. I also really like Kuipers' appointment. Let's hope, he can fulfill our expectations...
    So, it seems not to be a fixed rule, that referees from the QF are not used in the SF, although it rarely happened in the last years (only Brych, I think). That leaves some more possibilities for the second legs

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  17. Anonymous22/4/13 13:55

    Jonas Eriksson (SWE) will not have any European game this week. The top clash in the Swedish premier league on Thursday this week has his regular assistant referees assigned to it (Klasenius and Wärnmark), so I assume Jonas Eriksson will be the referee there.

    In my view he actually did a really good job in the Malaga-Borussia Dortmund game, so for me it would not be a major surprise if he would take charge of another European match before the European season ends.

    Even though he refereed Borussia Dortmund in Malaga, it would not be too surprising if he is in charge of Real Madrid - Borussia Dortmund next week since his performance in Malaga was fine. He will for sure not handle the UCL match of Barca-Bayern, since Bo Karlsson (SWE) is the referee observer there.

    Let us wait and see what comes out of the appointments, but I personally think that his performances have been good this year. And bearing in mind that he had a semifinal in EL last year, a step up towards a UCL semifinal seems logical.

    Greetings from Sweden!

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  18. I also thought about what UEFA could do with the Swedish team. Leaving them out from everything makes no sense or at least does not appear as totally logical. But I must contradict you in one point and that's the assessment of his performance in Málaga-Dortmund. Generally, he and specially his assistants did a good job, that's clear. But there was a situation in the second half where Götze was very clearly fouled by a Spanish defender, Welligton I think, in the penalty area. It was a step onto the German striker's foot with studs-up, should have been yellow carded meaning a 2nd yellow card for Welligton. Eriksson, Johannesson and Klasenius (it was their side) missed this situation. As far as I am informed, also the observer did not consider that as a reason to lower his mark to 7.9, which surprises me. But against this background, I think Eriksson won't get a CL semifinal with Dortmund, I consider a 2nd leg in UEL or perhaps even the final as more realistic or more deserved if you want so.

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    1. For me, strong candidate for EL final.
      He got already semifinal one year ago.

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  19. http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport/story/203060.html#

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    1. And what about Luis Suarez?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9HoQ0cT6a4
      :)
      Here missed red card, how many matches of ban?

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    2. As he is a reoffender, one could think about a binary suspension.
      But...that's no matter of a football-based suspension if you ask me. That's an assault that should be prosecuted by law.

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  20. Is it Erös as assistant? It looks like it!

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    1. Anonymous23/4/13 20:57

      Yes, it's Eros. Ring was ill in the last few days. Maybe he didn't recover completely from the illness.

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  22. Could that of been a penalty to Bayern? Dante heads the ball onto Sanchez's arm.

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    1. Anonymous23/4/13 21:27

      Kassai doesn't want to see handballs this evening.

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    2. To be fair, the AAR had a better position to see the handball. In these situations I wonder what do AAR's actually do?

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  23. Anonymous23/4/13 21:30

    Andújar Oliver, nuestro experto arbitral en Radio MARCA y MARCA.com, aseguró que Viktor Kassai, colegiado del Bayern-Barça, le arrebató un penalti a los alemanes. Al cuarto de hora, Lahm disparó a portería y el brazo de Pique, que sacó el codo, impidió que la pelota fuese a portería. Por lo tanto, tuvo que ser pena máxima contra el Barcelona.

    Diez minutos después, el árbitro volvió a fallar y dio legalidad al tanto de Müller, que no debió subir al marcador. Dante se apoyó con los dos brazos en Alves y cometió falta justo antes del remate del alemán, que significó el 1-0.

    Después, Andújar dijo que la mano de Alexis fue involuntaria.

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  24. Sorry, I mostly do not agree with those experts, and here I don't do either..the 1-0 was legal, Alves does not jump. Dante does not give support, a fair duel. In 32', the penalty scene, I am not sure..my first impression seeing two replays was that it should have been a penalty. AR2 and AAR2 do not convince me, at least one wrong corner here.

    In case of an illness, it is the only logical decision to replace Ring, although I am surprised that they did not send another FIFA official from a closer country as fourth official then.

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  25. My opinion!
    1) First handball: 100% penalty, clear moving of the arm in order to stop the ball.
    2) Second handball (Sanchez): no penalty, unintentional.
    3) Irrregular action by Dante prior to 1-0, for me foul. Therefore, the goal is affected.

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    1. Anonymous23/4/13 21:41

      Agree with you regarding number 1 and 2, but not the third. I am with Nic there and considering Kassais physical level I don't think this is a free kick.

      /Webbs hairy chest

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    2. Concerning the 1-0. If Alves does not jump and Dante does, to get the ball, of course it looks like a foul - but in this case Kassai was right in my opinion.

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  26. Anonymous23/4/13 21:39

    05 - Bartra pushes Bayern player, but fall looks exaggerated, correct no-call

    15 - missed penalty - movement of hand to the ball, unnatural position, increasing the body volume

    32 - penalty appeal - 50/50, the hand in not so natural position, increasing the body volume, but accidental sort of action and doesn't seem to be deliberate

    goal could've been awarded - of course, there are hands on Dani Alves, but Barcelona player didn't seem to be interested in jumping for the ball

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  27. I would not say 100% penalty. In the slow-mos, replays, yes of course, solely based on that you can say Pique moves the hand to the ball. But it was a high pace shot, I do not think that a player is able to willingly and deliberately moving the hand towards the ball in such a high pace situation..at least we have debatable situations, and that's fine, good match so far, looking forward for the 2nd half to come.

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  28. Anonymous23/4/13 21:47

    Didn't see the first penatly appeal, did the second one. IMO no penalty. The hand is not in an unnatural position, the player is in the air, no intent.

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  29. BTW in my opinion UEFA will be not content with this situation of Eros and Ring.
    They clearly didn't want to see Eros on the pitch, but I think that the Hungarian crew hasn't informed UEFA about the illness of Eros, and only today they decided to appoint Eros as AR2.
    I think that UEFA was surely going to replace Eros with another assistant, if informed.

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    1. of course I meant "about the illness of Ring"

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  30. Bayern's second goal also looks suspiciously offside aswell as Gomez is beyond last defender.

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    1. It is offside, was seen on replays

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  31. Anonymous23/4/13 22:14

    At least another wrong offside cal by mr. Eros in second half, UEFA should have definitively lost the patience with this assistant.

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    1. Anonymous23/4/13 22:28

      Well i don't know if UEFA lost it's patience with this assistant... but i'm starting to loose patience with UEFA. But of course, as usual, they will still refuse to think seriously about using any piece of tech to help the referees... because... because... why DO they refuse this anyways?

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    2. Piece of tech? Like what?

      It is easy to blame someone but you must be able to propose better solutions.

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  32. Anonymous23/4/13 22:15

    And what about the first goal? Does Gomez interfere with play by dragging defenders, and he is at offside position... Another bad performance by Eros. He's too weak for CL!

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  33. Anonymous23/4/13 22:16

    Oh dear, oh dear. Second and third goal irregular ...

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  34. Anonymous23/4/13 22:16

    Worst Kassai performance ever

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  35. Anonymous23/4/13 22:19

    Now, it's one huge disaster by Eros :(
    This man destroy matches for a long time!

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  36. Anonymous23/4/13 22:21

    Could someone explain to me please what where Kassai and AAR1 thinking before the third goal and where were they looking?

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  37. Anonymous23/4/13 22:25

    2 penalty shots not given to Bayern. 1 blatant foul on Bayern's 3rd goal. Well done mr Kassai. You managed to f... up a great game. How many matches will have to be f...ed up by referees before FIFA/UEFA decides to use any technology - at least to a small degree. This is just stupid.

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    1. Using the technology to detect penalties and offsides?
      Please explain how....
      Do you mean replays on TV?
      We can't stop a match for each controversial situation, it would become something else, not football.

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  38. Anonymous23/4/13 22:28

    Unacceptable performance by the whole team, especially assistants, but this time also AARS have their faults.
    Now it's clear to me that they are there to see NOTHING!

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    1. Anonymous23/4/13 22:29

      Mr. Collina this is the end of your experiment

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  39. Anonymous23/4/13 22:28

    Poooor performance by Kassai and his team!

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  40. For me Alba should have been sent off for throwing the ball on Robben's face. It was violent conduct and Alba should have gone. Very lucky to escape with a caution.

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  41. About the second goal: there is a replay in which the offside is clear, and we can understand the difficulty to evaluate the situation for Kispal becuase he had another player obstructing his view. He also tried to move the head, in order to see better, the same moving made by Beck when Bayern scored the 2-0 against Juventus, but this time the offside is a bit more blatant. Furthermore, immediatly after the ball in the net, Tamás Bognar looks at Kispal in a very blatant and fast manner. But at the end the goal is allowed...

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    1. I don't want to give it for sure, but probably Bognar noticed the offside.
      Neverthless, he had not courage to help the assistant, afraid to give a wrong suggestion.
      If we look carefully at each situaton, we can point out many interesting remarks.

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    2. Hmm..no courage is a strong word here, it's not his area of responsibility...

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    3. Yes but in this situation, it was almost impossible to see for Kispal, and easier for Bognar.
      Even though is not an assistant referee.

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    4. Ok that's right, I would nonetheless not blame Bognar here.

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    5. Anonymous24/4/13 09:14

      Kassai, very,very bad.
      Barça bad. Collina worse with Batta and Dallas.

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  42. "Mr. Collina this is the end of your experiment"
    That is the most decisive sentence of the whole discussion and evening.

    This performance was awful, from all of them, one must say so. Eros was actually the best official of the evening.
    1-0 to my mind legal, 2-0 offside, 3-0 foul (blocking without having the ball), Alba should have been sent off.
    Maximum 7.1.

    Fortunately, the rest of the performance was basically good, as we know Kassai - but that won't help anyone. If Barcelona complain again to UEFA, let them do, they are right. We are on semifinal level in UCL. That may not be forgotten.
    And in general, 4-0, wow. It was deserved, even though the goals were illegal. Brych is out from Wembley, that's 99% clear now.

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    1. * and I forgot the missed penalty.

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    2. Anonymous24/4/13 09:18

      Collina is one designative mistaken
      and capricious. Batta and Dallas only
      go fot French and Scotland.

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  43. This time, this style has crashed to the dead end.
    Many things to say...
    Normally, Kassai has standard in his foul and card assessment, today those were not good either, imo.
    But, Kassai has lost all of his credit with me when he didnt send Alba off.
    Report to follow in few days time.

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  44. The referee for the second leg probably will have a easy match to handle, considering this 4-0, but also a very diffcult atmosphere... Barça and all the fans are now totally against UEFA

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    1. Anonymous23/4/13 23:23

      Additionally considering the result 100# Skomina.

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  45. The bad thing is that I can understand them.

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    1. Anyway, they should not forget two handballs not whistled, at least one might have been a penalty.
      Hope to see a better performance tomorrow, but do you agree if I say that this is the worst CL ko stage of the last years for UEFA referees?
      Especially offsides.

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    2. Full agree. And Kuipers has tomorrow again the chance/pressure to do it better than his colleagues.

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  46. Anonymous23/4/13 23:32

    One question: can players be banned for the final because of 3rd or 5th yellow card or did UEFA change rules that the players can participate in final?

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  47. Anonymous23/4/13 23:36

    KASSAI - 7.1
    Missed clear penalty (15); missed foul before 3-0 goal (73); yellow card to Alba is also wrong call - should be red (89); two penalty appeals (5, 32) were 50/50 situations, so rejecting them is acceptable; harsh booking - really didn't seem to be at the top-level of the control; now, seeing many replays, I think the 1-0 goal should've been disallowed - Alves jumped a bit and then was stopped by opponent's hands...

    KISPAL - 7.9:
    2-0 from offside

    EROS - 8.1:
    some small mistakes (wrong corner, offside in 48); correct decision to not stop the game in 1-0 action.

    BOGNAR - 7.7:
    helpless in 3-0 situation; I think, he saw there was offside before 2-0, but Kassai went with Kispal there

    FABIAN - 7.7:
    should classified the first handball as deliberate, hence missed penalty

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    1. Agree with remarks but not with marks.

      Both AAR's had 1 crucial mistake each so that means 7.9. Kassai made 1 crucial mistake (missed penalty at 15') so that makes his mark 7.9. Along with a piece of responsibility at the 3-0 and some thinks to improve he mark should be 7.6.

      So my marks

      Kassai: 7.6
      Kispal: 7.9
      Eros: 8.1
      Bognar: 7.9
      Fabian: 7.9

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    2. Deliberately throwing a ball into an opponent's face is red and not yellow. It is no unsporting behaviour anymore but for me a violent conduct.
      In the 3-0 situation. That's why I hate this AAR-experiment. I would bet that before 2009/2010, such a foul would have been seen by both AR1 and referee. Now, we have three officials who could have said something and it's easy to shift responsibility to just one teammember. But no. Kassai must see that himself, not only Bognar. Kassai's vicinity was not hidden, Kispal's either. So for me the area 7.0-7.4 is justified.

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    3. Anonymous24/4/13 12:45

      The system of evaluation AARs is the same as 4OF, so a bit different than main referee's one.

      8.4 - 8.1 - very good performance, full control over his area of vicinity
      8.0 - he did OK in normal match or not challenged at all
      7.9 - 7.5 - poor control over his area of vicinity

      Now, we can discuss whether missing penalty and missing a foul prior to 3-0 is worthy of lowing the mark for 0,1 or more. For me, it's 0,3 at least in both cases.

      And I don't like this experiment at all, too. Every referee looks for each other and they fear to make a call. It's a nonsense! In case of Eriksson, I would evaluate his performance as 8.2 - Johannesson was 100% guilty of missing that penalty, Eriksson was far away, so it's only point for improvement. Here, Kassai was nicely positioned to see that foul, no excuse for both officials... but yeah 7.5-7.7 or 7.0-7.4 depends from what Layec classified as 'crucial mistake'.

      My friend (referee) told me that yellow card to Alba is acceptable. Should've been red, but don't think that observer will call it as crucial mistake (also due to result). The handball penalty is rather difficult to detect from Kassai position, so again it may be not crucial mistake... 7.5 or lower - that's a fact.

      However, it's not mark that is important, but overall impression, that is definitely bad, really bad for all the team...

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  48. Anonymous23/4/13 23:58

    I cannot agree with you that it should be penalty. Both situation are very difficult. Unintentionally, close distance and can not move hand so fast. In second situation player was in air and it is natural to use your arms to jump and the ball hit him in the arm (the ball was deflected). That was unintentionally and accidentally.
    This may not be mistake or criticism or writing as a mistake. It would be stupid.

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    1. Anonymous24/4/13 01:14

      The first missed penalty (15):
      a) unnatural hand position,
      b) moving the hand to the ball
      c) increasing the body volume

      OK, one can say that player is not able to react so fast, but he is able to recognize that there can be shot (he looks on striker when he shoots) and hence the movement is preventive (therefore deliberate) increasing body volume to block the shot. It's really naive to think that player moved his hand accidentally...

      The second penalty appeal regards handball is moe doubtful and here I would go with Kassai.

      Here, fully agree with Andujar Oliver.

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  49. According to Carlos (via Maria Villa, Spanish AR), Ring suffered from an injury in the warm-up at Allianz Arena.

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