August 19, 2013

Champions League - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs (II)

These are the five remaining officiating teams who have been assigned for Wednesday's Champions League Play-Off first legs. Among others, 2013 final referee Nicola Rizzoli has been designated for a match.

21/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: National Arena, Bucharest, Romania
Steaua Bucuresti - Legia Warszawa
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Domenico Celi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Sorin Cojocaru (ROU)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Schalke 04 - PAOK FC
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gudmunder Ingi Jónsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojsa Ivković (SRB)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Manfred Wichmann (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Dino (CRO)

21/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
Fenerbahçe - Arsenal FC
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Caglayan Kökkilinç (TUR)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE) 

21/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
Dinamo Zagreb - Austria Wien
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lee Probert (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Albin A. (SWE)

21/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria
Ludogorets - FC Basel
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Fourth Official: Detlef Scheppe (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Pangl (AUT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas E. (GER)


  1. Anonymous19/8/13 10:42

    And so we probably know for sure that Eriksson gets the Super Cup final ;-)

    /Swedish Observer

  2. You are right. I see no other possible candidate.

  3. Anonymous19/8/13 11:32

    Why are you that sure? Isn´t it possible that he will officate a return leg of Play Offs?

    1. So make your prediction, if not Eriksson.
      Who will be the Super Cup referee?

  4. Of course it is possible, but who else would get the final then? Keep in mind the SuperCup final referee normally does not have a CL playoff.

  5. All the appointments are more than expected.

    And probably the Super Cup referee will be Eriksson.

  6. If you go through the remaining officials you will see that, given the conjuncture that the SuperCup final ref will stay without CL playoff, only two candidates are remaining: Jonas Eriksson and Svein Moen. If you then take into account how both performed last season and that the SuperCup final can be kind of reward for a good last period, I think you will see that Eriksson is a good prediction for Bayern-Chelsea.

  7. Yes, perfectly agree with Niclas only Eriksson and Moen remain from elite class, considering that Undiano and Velasco have been selected for CL return leg, even we don't know the match.
    Rgs Mario

  8. Anonymous19/8/13 19:40

    Moen and his team has a match in the Norwegian Premier League on Saturday night, which might be a sign that he will have a UCL playoff match in next week.

    /Swedish observer

  9. I will observe that also in German Bundesliga.
    Last Saturday Stark, Salver, Pickel and Welz had Wolfsburg-Schalke together and are now going to Bulgaria, surely no coincidence. So something like Brych, Borsch, Lupp and Fritz would be no surprise to see next matchday.

    1. Borsch is Assistant Referee in Dortmund. Ref is Zwayer. This could mean Brych got no match in the German Bundesliga or Leverkusen-Gladbach (where Borsch is not allowed to be an Assistant Referee).

  10. Terrible-looking foul of Webó on Koscielny in Fenerbahce - Arsenal match. Gianluca Rocchi decided to qualify this high-leg challenge as only reckless, but it could be qualified as 'using an excessive force' as well. I think that thanks to lack of bad intentions, it's so borderline situation that we can back Rocchi in his call.
    Kuyt made a reckless challenge twice during this game and still has no card on his account.

    1. Anonymous21/8/13 21:47

      Red card in my opinion, I can't agree with Rocchi here.
      Reckless is not enough, when you raise the leg in this manner and you kick the opponent in his face, you deserve to be sent off.
      We have blamed Cakir for a soft red card in Manchester United - Real Madrid but here I can't accept Rocchi with this decision, sorry.

    2. Anonymous21/8/13 21:54

      Usmund Rohde how can you say that YC is acceptable please be serious

    3. IMO it should have been RED. It is a deliberate kick to the opponent's face. Very similar to the Cakir-Nani incident.

      Rocchi correctly awarded a penalty kick to Arsenal (with help from AAR1).

    4. Sorry. But if I knew, being Gianluca Rocchi, that UEFA Referee Committee rules situations like Nani's red card as a mistake on a meeting a few weeks after the match in Old Trafford, I would not sort out red cards for that either...
      No, red card for my taste and without any doubt someone like Cakir would have exactly done that.

    5. I agree, that need not not be a red card. But with your argumentation Webb should not have shown red tonight, too.

    6. Obviously my argumentation was then bad ;)

    7. The red given by Webb is similar to situation with Webo. No real intention to hurt an opponent, so it's a reckless more than excessive force. Both should be yellow cards for me.

    8. I rewatched both incidents again and must revise my opinion a bit concerning Webo and Rukavina:

      Webo really had no chance to see his opponent coming and did not go into the challenge with studs up. It was just totally unlucky and certainly reckless, but a yellow card is still enough for my taste.
      Rukavina went into a high challenge with open boot, studs up and with the potential chance to see an opponent coming. Therefore I think we really cannot compare both tackles and I now tend to agree with both decisions made by the referees.

    9. Your opinion on this foul?

    10. Very borderline situation. I accept Lannoy's decision cause there is no 100% hit on opponent's leg. On the other hand, it's some kind of using excessive force... I think Lannoy was influenced by bent leg after the foul.

  11. Excellent call by Renato Faverani in Steaua - Legia match. Just great onside call prior to the 1-0 goal.

  12. Webb with a challenging match, whole team performed good.
    Straight red card to substitute Rukavina who wasn't on the pitch for even a minute when he got sent off for serious foul play. Situation is very much like the Nani situation in March..

  13. Lannoy had no good evening tonight. In general, the performance was solid and good. Some odd calls in the end but good disciplinary management taking everything into account. Correctly resisted a penalty appeal for alleged handball at the start of the game (Schalke demanded penalty).
    However, he missed two other penalties in my opinion. Deliberate handball by Jones (Schalke) in the penalty area after a free kick (minute 40 if I remember right), later on Farfan was fouled (studs up and both feet stretched) on the 16m-line, meaning that Lannoy missed this foul (he said play-on as the ball was allegedly played, which was wrong). Cano was good, Gringore with one blatantly missed offside (no contrary movements, the player was offside the whole time even before the ball was played by approximately 50 cm..).

    1. By the way, the foul on Farfan happened in minute 87.

    2. I think we can accept no penalty in case of Jones' handball. Agree with your view about foul on Farfan - studs up tackle reaching not ball, but leg of opponent. Penalty should be given, but I can understand why Lannoy didn't whistle that.

    3. Concerning Jones, why do you think it was an acceptable decision? In my opinion, all criteria were favouring deliberate handball:
      - unnatural hand position
      - movement towards the ball
      - enlargement of body volume
      - no small distance
      In the end a dangerous ball into the penalty area was blocked by that.

    4. Handball: (unfortunately a better replay shown in the half-time break is not available)


    5. Strange situation. I'm sure, Jones wanted to clear the ball with his head, therefore position of his hands is natural movement to low whole body.

  14. Anonymous22/8/13 08:11

    Seen webbs red card to zagreb player, IMO its a red card as it is reckless but it is endangering the safety of the opponent and there is no need to put the foot up that high in a unnatural position. But the comparisne between prem and uefa games is that there are different styles of play. But a ref in the calibra of howard should know via referee comitee of what they want in these games so I would put it down to instructions of the uefa

  15. Anonymous22/8/13 10:35

    This time I´m not OK with Niclas. Red card for Webo as red card at MU-Real.

    1. I think, Niclas is right here. Webo hits his opponent with the instep and not with the cleats. So the risk of an injury is much lower than in other cases. Also here a high part of the risk was caused by the opponent, who came from behind, which was not foreseeable for Webo. YC is okay for me here.


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