December 8, 2013

Champions League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 6 (Tuesday)

Big pressure for Tom Harald Hagen: UEFA Refereeing Chief Officer Pierluigi Collina will observe his performance in next Tuesday's Champions League match between Real Sociedad and Bayer Leverkusen. Furthermore, David Fernández Borbalán has the honour to take charge of a top clash in Munich. Finally, Damir Skomina's assistant referee Matej Žunič seems to have been replaced following the incidents in the World Cup Play-Off match in France. These are the complete appointments:



Group A, 10 December 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Old Trafford, Manchester (ENG)
Manchester United - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Miodrag Gogić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Milan Minić (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Krähenbühl (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group A, 10 December 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Anoeta, San Sebastian (ESP)
Real Sociedad - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Leif Erik Opland (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: István Huszár (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group B, 10 December 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
Galatasaray - Juventus Turin
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: João Capela (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Fourth Official: Venâncio Raposo Tomé (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group B, 10 December 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen (DEN)
FC København - Real Madrid
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group C, 10 December 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estádio da Luz, Lisbon (POR)
SL Benfica - Paris SG
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lee Probert (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Long (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group C, 10 December 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus (GRE)
Olympiacos - RSC Anderlecht
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: Adrian Casha (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Johnny (SRB)

Group D, 10 December 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Allianz Arena, Munich (GER)
Bayern München - Manchester City
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: César Muñiz Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Süheyl Onen (TUR)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

Group D, 10 December 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Štruncovy Sady Stadión, Plzen (CZE)
Viktoria Plzen - CSKA Moskva
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Primož Arhar (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Robert Vukan (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Michail Kassabov (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

88 Comments:

  1. So it's Proença for Istanbul. A strong name, I must admit that Brych was possible here, but probably UEFA rely more on the experience of the Portuguese official. Brych match is anyway important but I would have liked more to see him in Turkey.
    Collina - Hagen seems a question of possible demotion, after the last performance by the Norwegian official.
    Fernandez Borbalan seems almost sure to be promoted, becoming the third Spanish Elite official. This appointment is a further confirmation.
    Stark expected in Greece, for another crucial match but surely easier than Istanbul.
    Finally: Skomina. Now Arhar at his last match, ok, but then in the next appointments?
    We will see...

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  2. I am a bit confused because of tomorrow's appointments.
    We have many crucial matches, such as Schalke-Basel, Napoli-Arsenal, Marseille-Dortmund, Atlético-Porto and Milan-Ajax. But there are only Rocchi, Tagliavento, Webb and Kassai from Elite Group who will get a CL match (given that Kuipers really is in EL).
    So my updated predictions are:

    Schalke-Basel: Rocchi
    Chelsea-Steaua: Tagliavento
    Marseille-Dortmund: ??
    Napoli-Arsenal: Kassai
    Atlético-Porto: ??
    Austria-Zenit: Strahonja
    Milan-Ajax: Webb
    Barca-Celtic: Stavrev

    I really have no idea. Actually it might happen that some referees get a match on MD5 and 6, otherwise, some crucial matches will stay without Elite official.

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    1. Indeed, I was going to write down predictions, I had the same "problem".
      Two solutions: some unexpected Elite officials for very important crucial matches, otherwise Elite referees from MD5.
      It is a puzzle.

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    2. Anonymous8/12/13 12:44

      My prediction:

      Schalke-Basel: Rocchi
      Chelsea-Steaua: Tagliavento
      Marseille-Dortmund: Bebek
      Napoli-Arsenal: Kassai
      Atlético-Porto: Aytekin
      Austria-Zenit: Stavrev
      Milan-Ajax: Webb
      Barca-Celtic: Karasev

      Peter/Vienna

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  3. Predictions for wednesday:
    Schalke-Basel Nikolaev
    Chelsea-Steaua Tagliavento
    Marseille-BD Bebek
    Napoli-Arsenal Kassai
    Austria-Zenit Rocchi
    A.Madrid-Porto Strahonja
    Milan-Ajax Webb
    FCB-Celtic Stavrev

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    1. Because never thera are russians referees at Champions and Rusia will be the next lodging of World Cup.

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    2. Unfortunately Nikolaev will retire in 2016.
      Karasev is Russia's no.1.

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  4. I have to say, some very surprising appointments. Not least Borbalán's designation. I agree, a very "low-ki" appointment for Skomina, maybe punishment for that night in Paris.
    Finally, two AR's who will hang up their flags at the end of the month (Arhar and Guadamuro) get a chance to say goodbye to international officiating. Nice touch from UEFA.

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    1. Agree about Calvo. If Arhar's presence had been just a "nice gesture", they could have either appointed him with Jug (and not disrupted a pre-selected World Cup trio) or they would have replaced Ul by Arhar and not Zunic.

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    2. Do you think Žunič will suffer the same fate as messrs Ross and Santos or is too late in the day to replace him?
      BTW Niclas, I'm not quite sure Neale Barry is German. :-)

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    3. My opinion, even though you are asking Niclas and not me.
      I think that they MUST replace Zunic.
      It is true that he attended all the previous FIFA tournament and now it's late, considering that there are "only" 6 months to the WC, but the mistakes made are unacceptable at this level.
      If Skomina wants still to keep the hope for a WC call... nmevertheless, Hansson was there after the mistakes made in France-Ireland, but just as fourth.. this situation is a bit different

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    4. Personally I believe we (or rather they) are in a period of time (1 month prior to reduced World Cup Pre List) where teams cannot be changed anymore. Team Skomina consist of Skomina, Zunic and Ul. I find it very hard to imagine that they change one assistant and Skomina's chances remain untouched by this. So in one word: either the whole team suffer (= no World Cup participation), or Zunic stays in the team. Maybe this CL matchday was just a temporary suspension or break to reflect things for this young official.

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    5. Anonymous9/12/13 11:40

      Arhar's appointment has of course nothing to do with "nice farewell gesture". It came a huge surprise actually as Slovene media has been full of articles that trip to Malta with Jug was Arhar's last international match. Furthermore, in case of a "nice gesture", they should have appointed Stancin as well - he was also a member of Skomina's previous team and he also finished refereeing alongside Arhar.

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  5. Schalke - Basel Tagliavento
    Chelsea - Steaua Rocchi
    Marseille - Dortmund Strahonjia
    Napoli - Arsenal Kassai
    Austria Vienna - Zenit Stavrev
    Atletico - Porto Aytekin
    Milan - Ajax Webb
    Barcelona - Celtic Karasev

    Congratulations to Peter from Vienna, he got almost everything right.

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    1. Anonymous9/12/13 12:23

      At least the countries. ;-)

      Rocchi --> Tagliavento
      Tagliavento --> Rocchi
      Bebek --> Strahonja

      Peter/Vienna

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    2. It´s truth that Manuel Gräfe not was well at Real-Juventus.
      But he is one great referee very,very better that Aytekin.

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  6. Björn Kuipers is in the EL as predicted by some on this blog:

    http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2014/matches/bymonth/index.html

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    1. At least he got a somewhat interesting match, deciding which of the two teams (Dynamo Kyiv or Rapid Wien) will go to the next EL round...

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  7. Anonymous9/12/13 12:19

    Any idea where is Bebek?

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  8. Puuuh... Szymon Marciniak must have done something bad in his last match as he has got Maribor - Wigan with Kostas Kapitanis as an observer... I hoped he'll receive a CL appointment this season, but that didn't happen :/

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    1. Anonymous9/12/13 12:31

      I don't believe that to be true.. Unfortunately none of the young, talented first group referees (e.g. Boiko, Makkelie, Oliver, Turpin, Zwayer) was appointed for a CL group phase match...
      Maybe this is because UEFA really has decided to cancel Elite Development group?

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    2. Anonymous9/12/13 13:05

      Maribor - Wigan actually IS an important match. Maribor must win (Zulte has to lose at the same time) and Maribor is through. The pressure in Ljudski vrt will be immense.

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    3. OK, maybe I underrated this appointment...

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  9. Anonymous9/12/13 12:37

    Well, in EL surprising appointments...

    No match for Bebek, why? Injury? His last performances were good.
    Damato/Fautrel with one match; I guess they will be replaced by Mazzoleni and Buquet.
    Also Texeira Vitienes/Todorov/Kever with only one match. No goodbye match for Meyer and Dean.
    Turpin/Makkelie/Oliver with matches that are not that important, Mazzoleni/Clos Gomes with much more important matches.

    I dont like this appointments..

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  10. I'm curious what you think. Are Elite officials appointed to EL (like Undiano, Rizzoli, Kuipers) because of bad performances, so like some sort of 'punishment', or what might be others reasons for this?

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    1. Anonymous9/12/13 17:52

      It's not necessarily 'punishment' if you think that a crucial EL match is better than an inconsequential CL match.

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  11. Both Bayern goals were offside (AR2).

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  12. Hmm strange outfit for mr Proenca tonight... His legs are black under his shorts and he is wearing gloves... Does not look professional in my book.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. Considering the current weather, I can understand Proenca :P

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    2. Weather doesn't look promising in Istanbul, they mention thunder and lightning outside stadium. Match still suspended...

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    3. Match abandoned!

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  13. Acceptable for an AR or AAR but not for Proenca who will be running for 90 minutes...

    /Swedish observer

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    1. I disagree, I believe there is nothing more important than health, why should Proenca risk? Also, Proenca is known for wearing tights under shorts and wearing gloves. And he is probably used on nice weather since he is from Portugal. Imagine to live somewhere where is warm and sunny almost whole year and then you have to referee somewhere where the temperature is below 0.
      But, I remember, Euro or WC qf match; RUS-GER, -4°C was in Moscow and Busacca refereed in short sleavs. I also remember ladt December or January, Eng PL match, snow was falling so much that they has to clean the pitch every 10 minutes and Mike Dean was also in short sleaves.

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    2. I can get a point of view of a man writing from Sweden ;:)
      It would be easy for you to officiate under the snow.


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    3. Of course Proenca is not risking his health if he is not wearing tights and gloves. I have refereed in snow before and it is no problem at all having shorts and no gloves. Just look at the players for example, and not to mention UK referees. I remember back in the late 1990s when Paul Durkin from England refereed a UCL match in Norway in -10 degrees celsius. He had shorts and short sleeves... And he survived.

      Enough said about this. If I was the observer I would have deducted 0.1 for irregular outfit from Proenca.

      /Swedish observer

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    4. This would be quite small-time, wouldn't it? I already have refereed matches wearing gloves and even a cap. Of course you will survive a match without tights, caps and gloves. But who the hell cares about a referee wearing those as long as the decisions are correct?

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    5. I believe the referee's outfit should not hinder him in producing the best performance possible.
      In this case I think that if Proenca requires (or feels he requires) this outfit in order to keep warm and injury-free, he should be allowed to do so.
      Also to be taken into account is the different climate the referee is used to. It may very well be that some referees feel perfectly normal wearing short sleeves in -10C conditions, just as there are some referees accustomed to humid 35C conditions without breaks. That's great for them, but if others need breaks for rehydration it should be allowed.

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  14. Good first half for Hagen. No crucial calls but a good foul detection and a good card management (3 until now). He could have had another card but chose to avoid it. He should improve his man management in some occasions.

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    1. How did he do in second half?

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  15. Galarsaray - Juventus officially abandoned.
    Probably they could resume the game tomorrow.

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  16. Stark with 3 penalties for Olympiakos and 3 Red Cards for Anderlecht. I am not watching the match but it is outstanding.

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    1. A very interesting evening for us.
      Many penalties and sending off.
      Skomina gave two straight red card to CSKA, too.

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    2. Gentleman,where I can download full match
      Plzen-CSKA and Man Utd-Shakhtar.
      Thank you in advance :)

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    3. In a couple of hours it should be uploaded on: http://livefootballvideo.com

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    4. http://forum.rojadirecta.es/showthread.php?209038-FUTBOL-UCL-Manchester-United-vs-Shakhtar-Donetsk-10-12-2013

      This is United - Shakthar. :)

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    5. Summary of 10 minutes of the match Olympiacos - Anderlecht on channel RTL-TVI (RTL Belgium) with 3 red cards of Wolfgang Stark (2 x gelb/rot or double yellow and 1 x red direct) against Anderlecht:

      http://www.RTL.be/videos/video/468486.aspx

      The Dutch coach of Anderlecht, the very arrogant John van den Brom, already yelled at the scandal in the media against arbitration of Stark. He deserves exemplary punishment from UEFA. This is not the first time that it is directly intended an referee this season.

      RPC

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    6. Unfortunately, unavailable in Poland, so I guess it won't be available anywhere...

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    7. The same for Italy, not available. Anyway the full match is here:
      http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/europe/uefa-champions-league/olympiakos-piraeus-vs-anderlecht

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    8. Penalty 2 and 3 absolutely correct. I also share the decision of the DOGSO in the third case.
      I have doubts about the first one, for handball.
      It seems to me unintentional, even though I can understand the choice of Stark, it was a shot on goal.
      Many cards against Anderlecht but probably they deserved that.

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    9. My problem is with the first penalty. Too soft. We have seen worst handball to have gone unpunished. Also a small question about the DOGSO.

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    10. The first penalty was wrong in my opinion. The other crucial decisions were ok for me, including the dogso (very likely the forward would have to pass the ball into the empty goal).

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    11. In Belgium they speak about the last performance of Stark in CL? Can you confirm that? It seems unlikely.

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    12. Why the last? He has still the whole 2014 on the list.

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  17. Skomina's 2 reds were both correct. The first for kicking out at a player (off the ball incident) whilst the 2nd happened after a scuffle in the wall and the player walked off before Skomina could get the red card out!

    Ian

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  18. Gentlemen,

    nice gesture from UEFA this evening, as tribute for Nelson Mandela.
    The Serbian officials among the players of Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk are an excellent signal for this man who deserved a honor like this.


    http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/8249/33tz.jpg

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  19. Btw I watched Mazic's second half and he was very good. He issued 4 consecutive YC's in just 10 minutes and all were justified.

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    1. You had a lot to do Edward,to observe both Hagen and Mazic..:)

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    2. Mazic was imperious. Surprised there isn't more made of it from bloggers here. Yes it wasnt a challenging game, but he ensured this. Aside from one foul throw, he got every decision correct, and as you say the YC's really well administered.

      Here is a report for the game itself:

      http://www.stretford-end.com/2013/12/united-1-0-shakhtar-donetsk-second-round/comment-page-1/#comment-152170

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  20. I can say that Hagen very probably will be demoted. He made at least one crucial mistake (again!) issuing only yellow card for SFP in the 77th minute of the game. Stopping a promissing attack by late challenge, studs on knee. There's no room for interpretation, it must have been red card...

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    1. The link:
      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k3goVnDbhI2S5851VWp&start=1910

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    2. Hi Hubert

      I totally agree. Tackle, studs up (and it seems also on purpose) with the ball away. Clear red card.

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    3. Sorry to say for Hagen, a clear red card and a crucial mistake. I think Hubert makes the right conclusion on Hagen's chances as well.
      I guess the wider debate about promotions and demotions will be kicked off by a post in the next couple of days...

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    4. Hubert is completely right. Imo a clear crucial mistake. This is a foul play which I would personally consider as a mandatory sending-off.
      And also Thomas is right, expect the debate on the categories next week (18/12).

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    5. Just finished watching Hagen's second half. This is definitely a SFP. No room for interpretation and a mandatory RC. Report probably by tomorrow but mark will be 7.8/7.9.

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    6. Collina will be not content, the third 7.9/7.8 in a row for Hagen.

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    7. I hope, Chefren, that Collina won't cover the referee on that one.

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  21. Jake Collin replaced Simon Long as Fourth Official, last night in Lisbon.

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  22. 1) Too much harsh "/Swedish observer" towards Proenca... :-) I refereed under the snow without any glows and I remembered that I was not able to write on the paper the booked players and the goals (in Italy !! and i was 20th years old !!).
    Health first ! no matter for gloves and shorts sleaves.
    2) From discussion here above I don't understand if 3 penalty and 3 red cards issued by Stark were corrected or not... Good performace ?
    3) What about promotion and demotion fr 2014 ? When do you think updates classes from uefa will be available ?

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    1. Forgot: Correct decision to stop Gala-Juve from Proenca

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  23. Swedish observer, this is an ridiculus opinion. 0.1 deduction?! Aren't referees human and "allowed" to be cold?! We hated such observers in my times of refereeing. The biggest nonsense on this blog so far!

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    1. UEFA has clearly emphasized that long sleeves are absolutely okay for referees. The only rule is that if the referee wears them every official has to do so. On the contrary, it sometimes might be that only AARs choose to wear them and in this case, the other officials do not have to wear them. But it is definitely an okay procedure and btw for me also a sign for professionalism and self-awareness.

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    2. Long or short sleeves is not an issue. A referee should however wear shorts without using tights - for me that is absolutely clear, at least on this level. Wearing a cap, tights or some other equipment is not professional in my book. What is the next step - sunglasses in the sun...?

      /Swedish observer

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    3. Sorry swedish observer, I mixed up the English term. I meant leggins, I think.

      Official UEFA instruction on AARs (applicable for referees, too, as far as I am informed):

      During inclement weather both AARs shall dress in a consistent manner, e.g.:
      Both wearing leggings or not (but not the tracksuit trousers) under the short, with no manufacturers logos visible.
      Both wearing long/short sleeves or not

      In extremely cold or wet conditions a tracksuit top/rain jacket cannot be worn on top of the referee shirt. It is important however that suitable undergarments are worn in order that the AAR remains comfortable during the match.

      In extremely cold conditions the AARs are allowed to wear gloves, but no hats please.


      And I really cannot understand your point. Someone like Neymar or Schweinsteiger are wearing gloves at +10 °C...so why should not a referee, being professional and aware of his health, be allowed to wear leggings under his shorts and gloves during very cold weather conditions?

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    4. This is fine for AAR of course, since they are not running around. On the referee, however, it only looks silly with leggings. Sorry if I am offending anyone, but that is my view. And appearance is very important for a referee - and even more so in the most important club tournament in the world (i.e. UEFA Champions League).

      /Swedish observer

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  24. The pitch is looking horrible in Istambul. What do You people think, should they have finished yesterday or its better they postponed it?

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  25. Well, I'm not sure, if the pitch in Istanbul now is more playable than yesterday and even playable at all... :-/

    And I think, we have to talk about the additional time, too. Proenca simply ignored the time between interrupting and abandoning the match yesterday.

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    1. Giving just 1 minute as added time was a mistake, indeed

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  26. Milan - Ajax YOUTH LEAGUE cancelled because Ajax refused to play due to the pitch conditions (a bit frozen).
    The weather was anyway sunny...

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  27. Big complaints by Conte (Juventus coach) against Proença and the UEFA Delegate Bernd Barutta. According to his words, Barutta said that he agreed with the suspension of the match. But they were forced to play.
    Furthermore Conte was impressed by Proença words, yesterday he said that it was dangerous to go on, for the safety of the players, but today everything was ok. Not consistent.

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    1. Imho it is unacceptable that a CL game was played on such swamp. More than that, it was a decisive game.
      I give you an example from Europa league: UEFA does not allow Pandurii Tg-Jiu to play the home games or their stadium because they miss some facilities (I don't know exactly which was the problem, international airport in neighborhood or something like that).
      On the other hand they allow that a CL game (a decisive one) to be played on such swamp.
      Honestly, when we talking about a stadium, the pitch is more important thing.UEFA is looking at various things like number of toilets etc but the most important thing, the pitch, is not important.

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    2. Doesn't the stadium have under-soil heating? If so, the stadium managers should have turned it on, at least one week in advance as they should have been monitoring the weather forecasts. When this is done, all the groundsman have to do is sweep the snow of the turf and the pitch is unaffected and can be used. All modern stadia should at the very least have the means to install under-soil heating. I mean come on, this is a relatively new stadium (opened 2011).
      At least this is what happens in England...

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    3. Actually, official announcement by Galatasaray board members reveals that the stadium's under-soil heating system was on. But, I am not an expert on topic. Hence, can not say more how it has been tremendeously affected by heavy snow. That was really bad for a football play.

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  29. Question for Branko DDM (or whoever has this information): Mazic was the biggest surprise when the pre list was published. Who discovered him?

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