August 30, 2013

Referee Designations for World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA zone, September 2013)

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FIFA has unveiled the referee designations for September's UEFA World Cup qualifier matches. 

Here are the appointments for the matches to be played on 6, 7  and 10 September.  

Balcan derby for Felix Brych
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Match Situations - Handball 3 - Solutions

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The following solution is supposed to clarify the incident having occurred in the Bundesliga match between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia M'gladbach, refereed by Felix Brych, that was put up for debate in this blog post.


The official assessment issued by DFB's referee committee member Lutz Michael Fröhlich upon The Third Team's request:

No deliberate handball and therefore no penalty, because the player who handled the ball (Arango, white 18), raised his arm above his head as a part of a natural movement while jumping and because the player was unable to see the ball coming from his back. Therefore the correct decision would have been letting the play go on.

87 % of the voters in the poll have disagreed with this interpretation - including me. A further post on this current issue in refereeing will follow in due course.
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Jonas Eriksson reflects on Super Cup honour (UEFA.com)

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Having officiated in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League semi-final matches, Jonas Eriksson is well used to the big occasion, making him the ideal choice to take charge of the UEFA Super Cup between FC Bayern München and Chelsea FC on Friday evening. The Swedish spoke to UEFA.com about his pride at being appointed for the UEFA Super Cup, what inspired his decision to become a match official and what motivates him. 

Jonas Eriksson looking forward to Prague final

Speaking to UEFA.com, the Swedish referee revealed his pride at being selected for such a prestigious match, his reasons for taking up refereeing in the first place and the driving factor behind his success, on and off the field.

UEFA.com: Jonas Eriksson, how much are you looking forward to refereeing the UEFA Super Cup?
Jonas Eriksson: A lot, of course. I've been refereeing since I was 14 or 15 years old and of course at that age you dream of officiating at one of the biggest finals – and this is one of them.

UEFA.com: You've already refereed some important matches in your career, where does the UEFA Super Cup rank among your highlights?
Eriksson: A final is a final – a winner will be decided. To be appointed for a one-off, knock-out match is always something significant. I try not to rate the matches in terms of importance, I'm just delighted to have been appointed for this match and that UEFA have put their trust in me.

UEFA.com: What inspired you to become a referee?
Eriksson: I felt a lot of referees didn't have the kind of communication skills I expected as a player at a young age – referees who could explain their decisions. Often they didn't have the fitness to be in the right spot. The quality of the refereeing was not good at the level I played at and I felt I could do better. They told me to do a course and do it myself – so I did.

UEFA.com: Who were your role models as a young referee?
Eriksson: I spent a lot of time with Anders Frisk, Sweden's top referee until 2005. I followed him to a number of matches as a fourth official, but I also looked at other referees. I don't think you could copy one referee. It's too much about personality, but I learned bits and pieces from Anders and I looked at other European referees, Pierluigi Collina being one, Markus Merk being another, Hugh Dallas a third. All of them had different skills which I looked at and tried to adopt and develop.

UEFA.com: How important are man-management skills when you're out on the field refereeing 22 players?
Eriksson: Of course it has a lot to do with man-management, the way you approach the players, the way you communicate with them and also prevent things from happening. You have to sell them the decision and get them to accept it. Sometimes you don't make the best decisions but you have to be very good at selling the decisions, otherwise you're going to have a very tough time out there.

UEFA.com: It must also take a lot of character and mental strength…
Eriksson: I think self-confidence and the ability to sell your decisions – that means looking self-assured and being able to convince the players that I made the right decision – is very important. If you don't have that personality and trust in yourself, I don't think you can do the job.

UEFA.com: As well as becoming a successful referee, you also became a successful businessman. What is it that gives you the drive to get to the very top?
Eriksson: I love football and I love to referee. Every week when I step out onto the grass I'm doing what I love most. I've had a fantastic life as a businessman as well, but since 2011 I've dedicated myself to being a professional referee and I'm having the time of my life.   

UEFA.com: How are you and your assistants going to prepare for tomorrow's game?
Eriksson: We received the appointments a few days ago. I've been studying the two teams technically. These are two well-known teams, we’ve all seen them before. Of course there are a few new things – they have new managers for example – but we've watched previous matches. We had a preparatory talk today and we'll have another tomorrow. We've done matches together in our domestic competition, too, and we've been doing some training together too. We're going to warm up, take a walk around the pitch and look at various positions to enhance our cooperation for Friday's match.

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August 29, 2013

Europa League - Referee Appointments for Play-Offs (II)

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Just to avoid that the UEFA Europa League Referee Appointments for the second legs fade away from the spotlight: you can comment on them underneath this extra post.

Danny Makkelie (NED)

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August 28, 2013

May Referees wear Jewellery?

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During yesterday's Champions League play-off tie between PAOK Saloniki and FC Schalke 04, Dutch referee Björn Kuipers was caught by the TV camera while calming down some players making a gesture with his left hand that was adorned with a wedding ring. May a referee wear jewellery on the pitch?


The answer is a clear "No!". The Laws of the Game define in the guidelines for Law 4:

"All items of jewellery (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather bands, rubber bands, etc.) are strictly forbidden and must be removed.
Referees are also prohibited from wearing jewellery (except for a watch or similar device for timing the match)."

Referee Kuipers should have removed his ring prior to the match - as he did not, he in a way infringed his duties as a match official. The idea behind the prohibition of jewellery is the try to ban this potential danger for players and referees colliding with each other. 
Contrary to former times, players and referees moreover must not deploy tape to cover their jewellery during the match. Law 4 also includes the annotation "using tape to cover jewellery is not acceptable."

You can find the match incident captured by the screenshot in this video (if not automatically redirected, fast-forward to 61:29 please).
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August 27, 2013

Match Situations - Handball 3

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This post is a part of the section in this blog called "Match Situations" that concentrates on specific match situations related to parts of the Laws of the Game, version 2013/14. Your participation is crucial to make this blog's element give some value for referees and football enthusiasts in general.


You can have your say by giving your assessment on these situations in form of a comment underneath the respective posts. These comments should include a precise assessment and an additional explanation that strengthens your view if needed. Directly quoting from the current version of the Laws of the Game can be useful in some cases.
 
video
 
Deliberate / Chargeable Handball (Penalty) or  
No Deliberate / Chargeable Handball (No Penalty) ???

You can also find a poll at the right top of the blog!

Match concerned: Bayer Leverkusen 4:2 Borussia M'gladbach (Bundesliga)
Referee involved: Felix Brych (Germany)

The video placed here is only posted for educational reasons (by Spanish League Goals on youtube). 
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August 26, 2013

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

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English Mark Clattenburg has been appointed to oversee the sonorous tie between AC Milan and PSV Eindhoven at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. His officiating team is one of the following five crews who will take control over Wednesday's play-off second legs.

Mark Clattenburg to oversee AC Milan - PSV (c) THE FA



28/08/2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Stadion Petrovskiy, St. Petersburg, Russia
Zenit St. Petersburg - Paços de Ferreira
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Victoriano Díaz Casado (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Manuel Fernández Miranda (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

28/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia
NK Maribor - Viktoria Plzen
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: Guido Winkmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Silvo Borosak (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Albin (SWE)

28/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Celtic FC - Shakhter Karagandy
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: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanović (MNE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Sandy Roy (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

28/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain
Real Sociedad - Olympique Lyon
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Primož Arhar (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jon Aguirre Huerga (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

28/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
AC Milan - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Beck (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lee Probert (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren Cann (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Gregorio Dall'aglio (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)
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Jonas Eriksson to handle Super Cup final 2013

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As expected, Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson has been appointed to take charge of Friday’s UEFA Super Cup match between FC Bayern München and Chelsea FC at the Stadion Eden in Prague. 

Jonas Eriksson with his first international final (c) ZIMBIO

The UEFA Referees Committee has appointed Sweden’s Jonas Eriksson to referee Friday’s 2013 UEFA Super Cup match between UEFA Champions League winners FC Bayern München and UEFA Europa League winners Chelsea FC at the Stadion Eden in Prague.
Eriksson, who is 39, has been an international referee since 2002 and has officiated in a total of 75 UEFA fixtures in his career.
Last season, Eriksson officiated at six UEFA Champions League matches, including the quarter-final first leg between Málaga CF and Borussia Dortmund, as well as three UEFA Europa League matches, including the semi-final second leg between Chelsea FC and FC Basel 1893. Prior to that, he took control over two matches at UEFA European Championship 2012, among others, the long-standing duel between the Netherlands and Germany. 
In July and August 2013, he furthermore attended FIFA Under-20 World Cup with the semi-final between Uruguay and Iraq as the pinnacle. He is additionally pre-selected for 2014 FIFA World Cup.
At the UEFA Super Cup match in Prague, Eriksson will be assisted by countrymen Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Wärnmark, with Stefan Wittberg acting as fourth official. Two additional assistant referees, Stefan Johannesson and Markus Strömbergsson also from Sweden, complete the lineup of the refereeing team. It is the first Swedish refereeing team officiating at a final since 2008, when Peter Fröjdfeldt took charge of Zenit St. Petersburg against Rangers FC in UEFA Cup final.

30 August 2013, 20:45 CET
Eden (Prague, Czech Republic)
FC Bayern München - Chelsea FC 
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: Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Elkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Dino (CRO)
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August 25, 2013

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

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These are the five referee appointments for Tuesday's second legs of UEFA Champions League play-off round. This package of designations among others comprises Carlos Velasco Carballo who will attend Emirates Stadium.

Carlos Velasco Carballo (r.) with Clos (l.) and Yuste (c.) (c) ZIMBIO


27/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Austria Arena, Vienna, Austria
Austria Wien - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Gerhard Gerstenmayer (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

27/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
FC Basel - Ludogorets
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: Gavis Harris (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Johan van Kouterik (NED)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jürg Burkhart (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

27/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Legia Warsaw Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
Legia Warszawa - Steaua Bucuresti
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Trigo (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: João Capela (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Tavares (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Dino (CRO)

27/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece
PAOK FC - Schalke 04
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (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: Davie Goossens (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Dimitrios Karantonis (GRE)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

27/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Arsenal Stadium, London, England
Arsenal FC - Fenerbahçe
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Eddie Wolstenholme (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
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August 24, 2013

Levnikov to observe Supercup Final 2013 - Eriksson the safest bet to handle the match

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Right after the play-off ties of UEFA Champions League, last season's winners of UEFA Champions League - Bayern München - and UEFA Europa League - Chelsea FC - will meet in Prague to fight for the first title of the season in the UEFA Super Cup final. The match delegates have been already designated by UEFA.


30 August 2013, 20:45 CET
Eden (Prague, Czech Republic)
FC Bayern München - Chelsea FC 
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Elkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Dino (CRO)

Further information (kits):
Bayern players will wear their red home kit (goalkeeper: light green)
Chelsea players will wear their blue home kit (goalkeeper: white)
The referees will wear the black Adidas 2013 kit

Nikolay Levnikov is a member of the UEFA Referee Committee since spring 2013 and observed Cüneyt Çakır in his Champions League play-off in Eindhoven last week. Therefore he will surely not handle the final match. Based on the presumption that the Super Cup final referee will not be appointed for a Champions League play-off, there is only one official left who probably will be assigned to handle the final: Jonas Eriksson and his officiating team of Sweden.
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August 22, 2013

Outside or Inside?

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Summarizing the ten first legs of this season's UEFA Champions League play-off round, one can surely point out Milorad Mažić's sending-off occasion in the tie between Olympique Lyon and Real Sociedad as the most controversial match incident that definitely requires some roundup and spotlight. This automatically leads to some general thoughts about the topic of which infringements are, in compliance with the Laws of the Game, occurring outside or inside the penalty area respectively.

Was that outside or inside? © sport.orf.at

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August 19, 2013

Europa League - Referee Appointments for Play-Offs (I)

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Just to avoid that the UEFA Europa League Referee Appointments for the first legs fade away from the spotlight: you can comment on them underneath this extra post.

Ivan Kružliak and company (c) referee.sk

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

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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)
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August 18, 2013

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

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UEFA's Referee Committee have appointed the following five officiating teams to initiate this season's hot phase of UEFA Champions League. Czech Republican Pavel Kralovec has been assigned to blow the earliest starting whistle in Kazakhstan on Tuesday at 17:00 CET.

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) (c) ZIMBIO

20/08/2013, 17:00 CET
Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan
Shakhter Karagandy - Celtic FC
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Přihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Patrik Filipek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Ruslan Duzmambetov (KAZ)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Struncovy Sady Stadión, Plzen, Czech Republic
Viktoria Plzen - NK Maribor
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: João Santos (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Tomás Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Siegfried Kirschen (GER)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis López Serrano (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Albin A. (SWE)

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France
Olympique Lyon - Real Sociedad
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: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jean-Marc Salza (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp S. (GER) 

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: PSV Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands
PSV Eindhoven - AC Milan
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: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Wout Schaap (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas E. (GER)

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal
Paços de Ferreira - Zenit St. Petersburg
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Long (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michael Jones (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: José Ramalho (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)
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FIFA referee Liesveld escaped burning car

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Dutch FIFA official Richard Liesveld had a guardian angel: During the trip to the Eredivisie match between Roda Kerkrade and Vitesse Arnhem, he had just escaped his car in time before it began to blaze. It burnt out completely.


Liesveld, who accompanied Björn Kuipers to the European Championship 2012 as Additional Assistant Referee, heared a strange noise while driving so he stopped at the first gas station, Dutch FA’s press officer said. He noticed nothing at first glance and wanted to continue, but then some people who wear near to the car warned him that his car was burning from underneath. Liesveld could get out safely, but was not able to take his referee equipment with him. 


A witness said on Twitter that they couldn’t get closer (see picture above) because glass was going everywhere.
Ed Janssen replaced Liesveld in the match, so that the match did not have to be cancelled. The Dutch Police is investigating the case. The Dutch FA has stated that it had been a technical issue.

Courtesy by DutchReferee.com
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Match Situations - Handball 2 - Solutions

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The following solution is supposed to clarify the incident having occurred in the Bundesliga match between Schalke 04 and Hamburger SV, refereed by Manuel Gräfe, that was put up for debate in this blog post.



The correct assessment of this situation is:

Penalty for deliberate handball (negligent hand position/movement, significant enlargement of the body volume preventing a pass from reaching the penalty area. Other criteria do not contradict the referee's decision). A caution was not necessary in this situation.
It does not necessarily have to be a deliberate handball in its literal meaning. The term "deliberate handball" must be understood as a synonym for "chargeable handball" in this specific case. Referee Gräfe took the correct decision.

61 % of the voters in the poll have shared this interpretation.
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August 16, 2013

UEFA Champions League - Referee Observers for Play-Offs

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The referee observers for next weeks' UEFA Champions League Play-Off matches have already been appointed and indicate first tendencies with regard to who could potentially handle a certain match. 

Nikolay Levnikov is the only UEFA Referee Committee member attending the sonorous match between PSV Eindhoven and AC Milan, while Konrad Plautz in Lyon and Manuel Mejuto González in Glasgow could be a sign for Elite Development Referees or inexperienced Elite officials in these duels.
The referee appointments will be made public by the European football federation on Sunday (and Monday) at 11:00 CET.


First Legs

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Struncovy Sady Stadión, Plzen, Czech Republic
Viktoria Plzen - NK Maribor
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
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Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Siegfried Kirschen (GER)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis López Serrano (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

20/08/2013, 17:00 CET
Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan
Shakhter Karagandy - Celtic FC
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Ruslan Duzmambetov (KAZ)

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France
Olympique Lyon - Real Sociedad
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jean-Marc Salza (FRA)

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: PSV Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands
PSV Eindhoven - AC Milan
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Wout Schaap (NED)

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal
Paços de Ferreira - Zenit St. Petersburg
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: José Ramalho (POR)

21/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: National Arena, Bucharest, Romania
Steaua Bucuresti - Legia Warszawa
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Sorin Cojocaru (ROU)

21/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Schalke 04 - PAOK FC
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
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:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Caglayan Kökkilinç (TUR)

21/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
Dinamo Zagreb - Austria Wien
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

21/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria
Ludogorets - FC Basel
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Pangl (AUT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)


Second Legs

27/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Austria Arena, Vienna, Austria
Austria Wien - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
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Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Gerhard Gerstenmayer (AUT)

27/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
FC Basel - Ludogorets
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Johan van Kouterik (NED)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jürg Burkhart (SUI)

27/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Legia Warsaw Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
Legia Warszawa - Steaua Bucuresti
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Michal Obukowicz (POL)

27/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece
PAOK FC - Schalke 04
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
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Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer:

27/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Arsenal Stadium, London, England
Arsenal FC - Fenerbahçe
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
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Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Eddie Wolstenholme (ENG)

28/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia
NK Maribor - Viktoria Plzen
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
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Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer:

28/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Celtic FC - Shakhter Karagandy
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
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Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanović (MNE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Sandy Roy (SCO)

28/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain
Real Sociedad - Olympique Lyon
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
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Additional Assistant Referee 1:
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Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer:

28/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadion Petrovskiy, St. Petersburg, Russia
Zenit St. Petersburg - Paços de Ferreira
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
Assistant Referee 2:
Additional Assistant Referee 1:
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Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer:

28/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
AC Milan - PSV Eindhoven
Referee:
Assistant Referee 1:
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Fourth Official:
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Gregorio Dall'aglio (ITA)
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August 15, 2013

Match Situations - Handball 2

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This post is a part of the section in this blog called "Match Situations" that concentrates on specific match situations related to parts of the Laws of the Game, version 2013/14. Your participation is crucial to make this blog's element give some value for referees and football enthusiasts in general.


You can have your say by giving your assessment on these situations in form of a comment underneath the respective posts. These comments should include a precise assessment and an additional explanation that strengthens your view if needed. Directly quoting from the current version of the Laws of the Game can be useful in some cases.

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Penalty (deliberate handball) or No Penalty (no deliberate handball)?

You can also find a poll at the right top of the blog!

Match concerned: FC Schalke 04 3:3 Hamburger SV (Bundesliga)
Referee involved: Manuel Gräfe (GER)

The video placed here is only posted for educational reasons.
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What a "deliberate save" means

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Certainly, when the altered offside amendments were visible and accessible to all referees in the new edition of the Laws of the Game, one could have thought that this had only been a small adaption without that much impact on future match situations. This conjecture was wrong.

World Cup 2010 (/2014?) assistant referee Mike Pickel of Germany (c) kicker.de

In the last weeks there were however already plenty of examples that all could have functioned as paramount examples to illustrate what was written down in the interpretations of Law 11. One of them should be highlighted and clarified now. It happened yesterday when Italy met Argentina in form of a FIFA friendly match. Please go to 2:34 in the following video!


It is visible that after the rebound from the Argentine goalkeeper a shot on goal is executed by an Italian player that would have reached the goal in a dangerous manner. After a deflection by Mascherano, that should be discussed later on and that is crucial for the correct assessment of this situation, Italian forward #7 received the ball and scored having been in a clear offside position at the point of time when the original shot on goal was executed. Now the question is to what extent Mascherano's deflection is relevant and how it has to be classified.

The Laws of the Game define that “gaining an advantage by being in that position means playing a ball
I) that rebounds or is deflected to him off the goalpost, crossbar or an opponent having been in an offside position (not applicable for this situation)
II) that rebounds, is deflected or is played to him from a deliberate save by an opponent having been in an offside position.
A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent, who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save), is not considered to have gained an advantage."

What is a "deliberately playing the ball" and what does mean "deliberate save"?
According to FIFA and UEFA instructions:

Deliberately playing the ball requires a clearly deliberate act of a player making a clear movement towards the ball while the quality of this action is to be ignored by the referee.
A deliberate save can be compared to a goalkeeper's save. It is applicable for every player on the pitch though and means that a potential goal is prevented from being scored by this save.

Mascherano surely moved towards the ball to save it. This is however not enough to classify it as deliberately playing the ball. What Mascherano was aware of is that his goalkeeper had tried to make a save before the ball rebounded from the crossbar, meaning that the whole goal was empty and the ball, having moved towards it, would have very likely been a goal scored by Italy. That's why he had to face this ball with a deliberate save saving a goal from being scored. Italy's #7 gained a clear advantage by this deliberate save and was therefore correctly flagged by Wolfgang Stark's assistant referee Mike Pickel.
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August 14, 2013

Referees appointed for UEFA Europa League Play Off matches

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Today UEFA has officially revealed most of the referees appointed for  the UEFA 2013-14 Europa League play off matches, to be played respectively on 22 and 29 August 2013.

Portuguese Duarte Gomes, appointed for Eintracht Frakfurt - Qarabag (c) zimbio.com

Full appointments will follow soon. 


First Legs  (22 August 2013)

Kuban Krasnodar - Feyenoord
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Orkhan Huseynzade (AZE)

Zulte Waregem - APOEL
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ante Vucemilovic Simunovic jr (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Carmel Bartolo (MLT)
Blog Referee Observer: Albin A. (SWE)

Rapid Wien - Dila
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Tobias Mattsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)

Tromsø - Beşiktaş
Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien Macgraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Allen Lynch (IRL)
Fourth Official: Neil Doyle (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: David Delferiere (BEL)

Pandurii - Braga
Referee: Florian Meyer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Fourth Official: Peter Sippel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides (CYP)

Apollon - Nice
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slysko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Fourth Official: Richard Trutz (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Aktobe - Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrei Hetsikau (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BUL)

Swansea - Petrolul
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marin (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Thomas Weyhing (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Atromitos - AZ Alkmaar
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Canelo Prieto (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pedro Pérez Montero (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

FH - KRC Genk
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Robert Malek (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR)

Elfsborg - Nordsjælland
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Victoriano Díaz Casado (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Torre Cimiano (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)

FC Sevilla - Śląsk
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Siebert (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Salzburg - Žalgiris
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)

Qarabağ - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokic (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Süheyl Onen (TUR)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp S. (GER)

Minsk - Standard Liège
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sandor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Bontcho Todorov (BUL)

Jablonec - Betis Sevilla
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Nica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Fourth Official: Ionut Marius Avram (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Yoav Strauss (ISR)

Rijeka - Stuttgart
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Dusan Tittel (SVK)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas E (GER)

Chornomorets Odesa - Skënderbeu
Referee: Anastassios Kakos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Tatsis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Márton Esterházy (HUN)

St Gallen - Spartak Moskva
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miklos István Nagy (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Fourth Official: Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Styrbjörn Oskarsson (FIN)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

Molde - Rubin Kazan
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Shay Shirit (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)

Vojvodina - Sheriff
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthias Winsauer (AUT)
Fourth Official: Harald Lechner (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)

Kukës - Trabzonspor
Referee: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Slavov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (GER)

Esbjerg - St-Étienne
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alasdair Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Fourth Official: Brian Colvin (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rene Temmink (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Luca Zorzi (SUI)

Grasshoppers - Fiorentina
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrej Kokolj (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Stancin (SVN)
Fourth Official: Dragoslav Peric (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

M. Haifa - Astra
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Berry Simons (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dragutin Karlo Poljak (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)

Udinese - Liberec
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)

Dinamo Tbilisi - Tottenham
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Ed Janssen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef De Ryck (BEL)

Estoril - Pasching
Referee: Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Gencerler (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Ilker Coscun (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Miguel Galán Torres (ESP)

Kalju - Dnipro
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Isak Mikladal (FRO)

Partizan - Thun
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksii Andrieiev (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)


Second Legs  (29 August 2013)

Feyenoord - Kuban Krasnodar
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Jones (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: John McBeth (SCO)

APOEL - Zulte Waregem
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Long (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Cosimo Bolognino (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)

Dila - Rapid Wien
Referee: Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Martin Iseli (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Miroslav Ryszka (POL)

Beşiktaş - Tromsø
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Mucha (POL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Carlos Manuel Ferreira Matos (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)

Braga - Pandurii
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oren Bornshtain (ISR)
Fourth Official: Alon Yefet (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Kurt Zuppinger (SUI)

Nice - Apollon
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Mihaly Fabián (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)

Dynamo Kyiv - Aktobe
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipovic (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dusan Krchnak (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)

Petrolul - Swansea
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Christos Baltas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jörn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Joel Wolff (LUX)

AZ Alkmaar - Atromitos
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoît Millot (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christakis Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)

KRC Genk - FH
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Aristides Christou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Demetris Chrysostomou (CYP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vasily Melnychuk (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Tomás Gea (AND)

Nordsjælland - Elfsborg
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcel Pelgrim (GER)
Fourth Official: Bastian Dankert (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu (ROU)

Śląsk - FC Sevilla
Referee: Fırat Aydınus (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)

Žalgiris - Salzburg
Referee: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pjetur Sigurdsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)

Eintracht Frankfurt - Qarabağ
Referee: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Venâncio Raposo Tomé (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis André Ferreira Campos (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Esteves (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Jeurissen (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Fisketjonn (NOR)

Standard Liège - Minsk
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward King (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: John Bryn Roberts (WAL)
Fourth Official: Bryn David Markham-Jones (WAL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)

Betis Sevilla - Jablonec
Referee: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-Louis Piette (FRA)

Stuttgart - Rijeka
Referee: Martin Hansson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Fourth Official: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patritiu Abrudan (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)

Skënderbeu - Chornomorets Odesa
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jon Núnez Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)

Spartak Moskva - St Gallen
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Fourth Official: Tom van Sichem (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Tunçer (TUR)

Rubin - Molde
Referee: Sascha Kever (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Helbling (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Devis Dettemanti (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrkovic (BIH)
UEFA Delegate: Richard Havrilla (SVK)

Sheriff - Vojvodina
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Wilfried Bien (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Valentin Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)

Trabzonspor - Kukës
Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jiri Molacek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jiri Jech (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)

St-Étienne - Esbjerg
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (ENG)

Fiorentina - Grasshoppers
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)

Astra - M. Haifa
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Fourth Official: Süleyman Abay (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Dimitri Bokeria (GEO)

Liberec - Udinese
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Dimitrios Gagas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwaart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Stanislaw Speczik (POL)

Tottenham - Dinamo Tbilisi
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Constanzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Guida (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)

Pasching - Estoril
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Derek Rose (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)

Dnipro - Kalju
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Gerasimov (LTU)
Fourth Official: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Siarhei Ilych (BLR)

Thun - Partizan
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Sebastiano Peruzzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Janis Mezeckis (LVA)
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