November 30, 2013

Holding at set pieces

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Controversy cropped up in last Tuesday's Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and SSC Napoli refereed by Spanish Carlos Velasco Carballo. In the early stage (9') of the match, the referee team awarded a penalty kick in favour of the home side for a holding offense committed by a Neapolitan defender during a corner-kick. The decision supported by the additional assistant referee on the goalline, Carlos Del Cerro Grande, followed plenty of dissent and criticism during the match and in its aftermath which again shows that holding during and after set pieces like corner kicks has apparently remained to be one of the most debated issues in modern top-class refereeing.


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November 29, 2013

UEFA Referee Observers for CL MD6 and Predictions

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UEFA Referee Committee have already assigned the referee observers who will be present at Champions League Matchday 6 to observe and assess the sixteen referee teams. 


Among others, Chief Officer Pierluigi Collina will attend Real Sociedad - Bayer Leverkusen, his first match as officially appointed observer for several months in the highest European club competition (Galatasaray - Schalke 04, William Collum). The delegates will be posted soon, as they have not been nominated by now.

10 December 2013:

Manchester United - Shakhtar Donetsk (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
Prediction: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Real Sociedad - Bayer Leverkusen (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)*
Prediction: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Galatasaray - Juventus Turin (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
Prediction: Björn Kuipers (NED)

FC København - Real Madrid (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)
PredictionDeniz Aytekin (GER)

SL Benfica - Paris SG (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
Prediction: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Olympiacos - RSC Anderlecht (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)
Prediction: Wolfgang Stark (GER)

FC Bayern München - Manchester City (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
Prediction: Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Viktoria Plzen - CSKA Moskva (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Bennett (ENG)
Prediction: Tom Hagen (NOR)


11 December 2013:

Schalke 04 - FC Basel (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Athanassios Briakos (GRE)
Prediction: Damir Skomina (SVN) 

Chelsea FC - Steaua Bucuresti (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
Prediction: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

SSC Napoli - Arsenal FC (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
Prediction: Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Olympique Marseille - Borussia Dortmund (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)
Prediction: Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Austria Wien - Zenit St.Petersburg (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)*
Prediction: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Atlético Madrid - FC Porto (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
Prediction: Felix Brych (GER)

AC Milan - Ajax Amsterdam (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
Prediction: Howard Webb (ENG)

FC Barcelona - Celtic FC (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
Prediction: Pedro Proença (POR)
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November 25, 2013

UEFA Europa League 2013/14 - Referee Appointments - MD5

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UEFA has revealed all the officials appointed for the Matchday 5 of 2013-14 UEFA Europa League. Elite referees Alberto Undiano Mallenco from Spain and Nicola Rizzoli from Italy will make their return in this phase of the competition after a long time (5 years). On the other hand, Eitan Shemeulevitch from Israel will make his debut.

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Group L, 28 November 2013, 16:00 CET
Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
Shakhter - PAOK
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant Referee 1: Frank Bleyen  (BEL)  
Assistant Referee 2: Kristof Meers  (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luc Wouters (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Boucaut (BEL)
Fourth Official: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Artur Azaryan (ARM)

Group K, 28 November 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Saturn, Ramenskoye (RUS)  
Anji - Sheriff
Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl  (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Fourth Official: Patrik Filipek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Petrov  (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen  (FIN)

Group A, 28 November 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Kuban, Krasnodar (RUS)
Kuban - St. Gallen
Referee: Anastassios Kakos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitris Tatsis  (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonis Giachos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Alexeas (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)

Group D, 28 November 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Centralniy Stadion, Kazan (RUS)
Rubin - Maribor
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trutz  (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kralović  (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomaš Somolani  (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)

Group G, 28 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: KRC Genk Arena, Genk (BEL)
Genk - Dinamo Kyiv
Referee: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Venâncio Tomé  (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Godinho  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: João Capela  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Hugo Miguel  (POR)
Fourth Official: Pedro Garcia (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jiri Ulrich  (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Jack Grundie (NIR)

Group G, 28 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium:  Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
Rapid Wien - Thun
Referee: Pawel Gil  (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk  (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Malek (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paweł Raczkowski  (POL)
Fourth Official: Konrad Sapela (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci  (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)

Group H, 28 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: U Nisy, Liberec  (CZE)
Liberec - Freiburg
Referee: Martin Hansson  (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Henrik Andren (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Ekberg  (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Pandžić  (SWE)
Fourth Official: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitkovic  (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: John Mcbeth (SCO)

Group H, 28 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
Sevilla - Estoril
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1:
Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2:
Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: lias Spathas ((GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Stavros Tritsonis  (GRE)
Fourth Official: Gagas Dimitrios  (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos  (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Carmelo Bartolo  (MLT)

Group I, 28 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stade de Gerland, Lyon (FRA)
Lyon - Betis
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jack Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Jones (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)

Fourth Official: Darren England (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Trefor Lloyd Hughes  (WAL)

Group I, 28 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Kantrida, Rijeka (CRO)
Rijeka - Guimarães
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2:
Áskell Thór Gíslason (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Thoroddur Hjaltalin  (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Fourth Official: Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Valentin Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Cornel Cristian Bivolaru  (ROU)

Group J, 28 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu, Trabzonspor (TUR)
Trabzonspor - Apollon
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1:
Thorsten Schiffner  (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Guido Kleve (GER)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Guido Winkmann (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Mike Pickel  (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride  (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group J, 28 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw (POL)
Legia - Lazio
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Berry Simons (NED)
Assistant Referee 2:
Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Tom van Sichem (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)

Group K, 28 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Alfheim, Tromso (NOR)
Tromsø - Tottenheim
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk  (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2:
Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Boiko  (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere  (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Wolf-Günter Wiesel (GER)

Group L, 28 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium:  AZ Stadion, Alkmaar (NED)
AZ - M. Haifa
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1:
Vitali Malyutin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2:
Stanislav Savitski (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)
Fourth Official: Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Appleby (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group A, 28 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Swansea Stadium, Swansea (WAL)
Swansea - Valencia
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)

Additional Assistant  Referee 1: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Domenico Celi (ITA)

Fourth Official: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira  (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)

Group E, 28 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Dnipro Arena, Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)
Dnipro - Pandurii
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1:
Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2:
Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marios Panayi  (CYP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Marios Tsaggaris (CYP)
Fourth Official: Aristides Christou  (CYP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)  
UEFA Delegate: Dimitri Bokeria  (GEO)

Group F, 28 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux (FRA)
Bordeaux - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1:
Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2:
Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee  1: Fernando Teixeira (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)  
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu  (ROU)

Group F, 28 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
APOEL - M. Tel-Aviv
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert  (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2:
Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Zsolt Szabó  (HUN)
Fourth Official: László Viszokai (HUN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Karel Bohunek (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Harry M. Been (NED)

Group E, 28 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes (POR)
Paços Ferreira - Fiorentina
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch  (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Eli Hacmon  (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
  Ziv Adler (ISR)
Fourth Official: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili  (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson  (ISL)

Group B, 28 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
Chornomorets Odesa - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Holger Henschel  (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Daniel Siebert  (GER)
Fourth Official: Jan-Hendrik Salver  (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)

Group B, 28 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - PSV
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (ITA)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)

Fourth Official: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier  (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Tuncer (TUR)

Group C, 28 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Borås Arena, Boras (SWE)
Elfsborg - Salzburg
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1:
Jaanus Mutli  (EST)
Assistant Referee 2:
Dmitri Vinogradov  (EST)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Eiko Saar  (EST)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Roomer Tarajev (EST)
Fourth Official: Jaan Roos (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group C, 28 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Sport og Event Park Esbjerg, Esbjerg (DEN)
Esbjerg - Standard Liège
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1:
Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: István Kovács (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: 
Marius Avram  (ROU)
Fourth Official: Valentin Avram (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Gudmundur Petursson (ISL)
 
Group D, 28 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Wigan Athletic Stadium, Wigan (England)
Wigan - Zulte Waregem
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1:
Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2:
Fredji Harchay (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Thual  (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:
Benoît Millot  (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Richard Havrilla (SVK)
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Champions League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 5 (Wednesday)

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These are the referee appointments for Wednesday's matches of UEFA Champions League featuring Scottish William Collum and Norway's Svein Oddvar Moen appointed for two of this matchday's top clashes. Additionally, Turkish Firat Aydınus will give his 2013/14 debut in CL.




Group A, 27 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: BayArena, Leverkusen (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen - Manchester United
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: Jørn-West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Nodar Akhalkatsi (GEO)
Blog Referee Observer: Roger R. (SUI)

Group A, 27 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Donbass Arena, Donetsk (UKR)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Real Sociedad
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: João Santos (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

Group B, 27 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - Galatasaray Istanbul
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: Graham Chambers (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group B, 27 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - FC København
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
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: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christakis Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp (GER)

Group C, 26 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
RSC Anderlecht - Benfica SL
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Pat Quigley (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group C, 26 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
Paris SG - Olympiakos
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Derek Rose (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Connor M. (ENG)

Group D, 26 November 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - FC Bayern München
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group D, 26 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Etihad Stadium, Manchester (ENG)
Manchester City - Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Firat Aydınus (TUR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
Fourth Official: Çem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
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November 24, 2013

Champions League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 5 (Tuesday)

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These are the referee appointments for Tuesday's matches of UEFA Champions League involving First Group referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz who will attend Emirates Stadium in London.



Group E, 26 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: National Arena, Bucharest (ROU)
Steaua Bucuresti - FC Schalke 04
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles John Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group E, 26 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - Chelsea FC
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michaël Annonier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Fourth Official: Éric Dansault (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Johnny (SRB) 

Group F, 26 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Emirates Stadium, London (ENG)
Arsenal FC - Olympique Marseille
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Léon Schelings (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

Group F, 26 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Westfalenstadion, Dortmund (GER)
Borussia Dortmund - SSC Napoli
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

Group G, 26 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estádio do Dragao, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Austria Wien
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Nica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Bontcho Todorov (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

Group G, 26 November 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Petrovskiy Stadium, St.Petersburg (RUS)
Zenit St. Petersburg - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Long (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mike Dean (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-Paul Mievis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp (GER)

Group H, 26 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic Glasgow - 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: Barıš Šimšek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group H, 26 November 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
Ajax Amsterdam - FC Barcelona
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
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November 22, 2013

Mistakes that could cost a World Cup Participation

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Following last Tuesday's World Cup 2014 qualifying match between France and Ukraine in Stade de France, Paris, there was much to say about the Slovenian referee team's performance. Even though the match featured non-stop challenges from the very first minute, which partly made referee Damir Skomina struggle, his assistant referee's blackouts were the real topic that was discussed about.

Apart from the Ukrainian team, AR1 Matej Žunič probably was the most unlucky person on the field of play and after the match when he had to realize that he made two crucial mistakes in that match. At first he wrongly disallowed the possible 2:0 goal by France for offside. As the first screenshot indicates, this decision was clearly wrong. Only four minutes later, he then allowed France's 2:0 goal despite a one-metre offside position of Karim Benzema (video).

NO OFFSIDE. This goal should have counted.


Memories are conjured up reminding us on the play-off four years ago where Ireland suffered from the famous mistake made by Swedish Martin Hansson - also in Paris. Of course, the situation before and in the match was totally different so that this correlation might be raised but offers no real basis of causality. One should rather start thinking about how these mistakes cropped up and what last Tuesday's night could mean for the Slovenian team in the context of the selection for the World Cup.
Both offside / onside situations differ significantly from each other. The first one was a tight call, but actually quite easy to make. The only difficulty for Žunič might have been to capture the right moment when the ball was touched before the pass (maybe his line of sight was blocked). Nonetheless, this mistake can happen although it is painful. 
The second one is more crucial. First, because of the distance of the offside position. It was de facto at least one metre. Žunič would have certainly flagged for offside if he had been aware of the deflection of another French forward player which made Benzema (the goal-scorer) be positioned in "active" offside. So the real reason for this mistake is defective teamwork between Skomina and his assistant referee and nothing else. This was already visible on matchday 1 of this Champions League campaign at Old Trafford. And there must be again reasons for that. Missing experience within this referee team? Did Skomina lack in awareness for a potential offside situation that might bother his assistant referee? Why did not Žunič signal doubts by standing still instead of quickly running to the midfield line as video no.2 suggests? Difficult questions and partly there is no answer keeping in mind the extreme circumstances accompanying the officials in this specific situation. Very likely Damir Skomina is the one to be "blamed" in this situation. But in fact, a referee team that want to go to a World Cup have to be able to detect clear offsides that even a TV spectator is able to detect in live pace from a blurred angle. This does not discredit the principle that referees are humans who can make mistakes though. Neither it discredits the fact that Skomina and his team have been outstanding in several matches in the past.
The aftermath of this qualifier can be vitally important. UEFA will have about eleven or twelve places for the World Cup in Brazil including one referee who will be fourth official only. Predictions on the list that is expected to be released by FIFA either in January or in May 2014 will be posted after Club World Cup here. But what can be said already now is that Skomina, Žunič and Ul are a trio that cannot really build upon the full support from FIFA politics. There are other candidates who have stronger people behind them and whom FIFA maybe trusts more because they already know these certain referees from previous tournaments, even though the Slovenians might have performed better over the last months. So naturally such mistakes can have the consequence of missing a World Cup only due to that. In a pool of approximately 14 or 15 referee trios who have big chances to join Brazil's World Cup, the competition should be high enough. Massimo Busacca has always emphasized the need to appoint experienced and confident referee trios - he rarely talked about the main referees in an isolated fashion. That's why "Team Slovenia" could be in real trouble. What Peter Mikkelsen, FIFA Referee Committee member and observer in Paris, had to think after this match is that this team do not interact and do not "function" on the pitch as they should.
The next step of analysis would be to think about possible consequences on UEFA level. Collina and company, who seem to like Žunič as much as to appoint him also for Matej Jug's team in UEFA Champions League, have now the choice to either trust Žunič and to remain unimpressed by his mistakes in a FIFA match - and psychologically, that would be the best "therapy" in order to allow this young assistant referee to come back to his self-confidence - or to think about changing Skomina's team even looking forward to the possible World Cup participation. If we remember what happened to Alasdair Ross after Dortmund - Málaga or to João Santos after Ajax Amsterdam - Real Madrid, the second option seems to be possible. Time will tell.
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November 21, 2013

UEFA Officials for Champions League Matchday 5

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The following UEFA officials will attend next week's Champions League ties and execute the matches or observe the referees appointed respectively.


26 November 2013:

Steaua Bucuresti - Schalke 04 (E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)

FC Basel - Chelsea FC (E)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)

Arsenal FC - Olympique Marseille (F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Léon Schelings (BEL)

Borussia Dortmund - SSC Napoli (F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokic (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)

FC Porto - Austria Wien (G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Bontcho Todorov (BUL)

Zenit St. Petersburg - Atlético Madrid (G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL)

Celtic Glasgow - AC Milan (H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jörn-West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Joao Morais (POR)

Ajax Amsterdam - FC Barcelona (H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)

27 November 2013:

Bayer Leverkusen - Manchester United (A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Nodar Akhalkatsi (GEO)

Shakhtar Donetsk - Real Sociedad (A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)

Juventus Turin - FC Kobenhavn (B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

Real Madrid - Galatasaray (B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)

RSC Anderlecht - SL Benfica (C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST, photo)
UEFA Delegate: Pat Quigley (IRL)

Paris SG - Olympiacos (C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)

CSKA Moskva - FC Bayern München (D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN)

Manchester City - Viktoria Plzen (D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)
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November 19, 2013

Discussion: European Play-Offs 2nd legs

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Due to a too high number of comments posted under the last thread ( :-) ), please use this post to discuss about the pending European Play-Offs for 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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November 12, 2013

World Cup Referees to be only announced in May 2014

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According to the online presence of pre-selected World Cup referee Ali Hamad Al Badwawi, FIFA Referees' Committee and FIFA Referee Department headed by Massimo Busacca will release the final list of referees for 2014 FIFA World Cup only one month before the tournament's start: in May 2014.


Contrary to earlier plans to reveal the names in January, Busacca has stated that he wanted to choose the best referees possible which required a longer period of the selection and observation process of the 50 officiating trios pre-selected. Furthermore, potentially injured referees had the chance to recover from it, Busacca posited.
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November 9, 2013

FIFA Club World Cup 2013 - Referees

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These are the referees appointed for 2013 FIFA Club World Cup. FIFA has not appointed Oceanian referees this time, while two African trios are attending the tournament played in Morocco.

Carlos Velasco to attend his first FIFA tournament (c) ZIMBIO

AFC:

Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Hassan Kamranifar (Iran, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Reza Sokhandan (Iran, 1974)

CAF:

Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (Eritrea, 1971)
Assistant Referee 2: Felicien Kabanda (Rwanda, 1971) injured

CONCACAF:

Referee: Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Sean Mark Hurd (USA, 1971)
Assistant Referee 2: Joe Fletcher (Canada, 1976)

CONMEBOL:

Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (Brazil, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil, 1972)

UEFA:

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain, 1971)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (Spain, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain, 1975)

Reserve Trio from CAF:

Referee: Néant Alioum (Cameroon, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Edibi (Nigeria, 1970)
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World Cup Qualifiers - Appointments for CAF playoffs (second legs)

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These are the officials appointed for the second legs of CAF playoffs.

Rajindraparsard Seechurn will officiate his second play-off  in a month (c) afriksports.com



16 November 2013, 16:00 CET
UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar (NGA)
Nigeria - Ethiopia
Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN)
Fourth Official: Maudo Jallow (GAM)

16 November 2013, 20:00 CET
Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca (MAR)
Senegal - Ivory Coast
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak Etchali (ALG)
Fourth Official: Mohamed Benouza (ALG)

17 November 2013, 15:30 CET
Stade Omnisports Ahmadou-Ahidjo, Yaounde (CMR)
Cameroon - Tunisia
Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (MRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Balkrishna Bootun (MRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Vivian Vally (MRI)
Fourth Official: Jean-Claude Labrosse (SEY)

19 November 2013, 17:00 CET
30 June Stadium, Cairo (EGY)
Egypt - Ghana
Referee: Noumandiez Doue (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo Yeo (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Claude Birumshahu (BDI)
Fourth Official: Bienvenu Sinko (CIV)

19 November 2013, 19:15 CET
Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida (ALG)
Algeria - Burkina Faso
Referee: Badara Diatta (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Ousmane Fall (SEN)
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November 8, 2013

Referees appointed for European World Cup Play-Offs

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FIFA has unveiled the referee appointments for the most vital qualifier matches of this round ahead FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The following play-offs will be played on 15 and 19 November in a home and away match modus.

Cüneyt Çakır is among the referees appointed (c) turkish news

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November 6, 2013

Craig Thomson appointed for 2013 FIFA U17 WC Final

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According to the Scottish FA, Craig Alexander Thomson has been appointed for the final match of the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup, to be played between Nigeria and Mexico at  Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on 8 November 2013. He will be assisted by his countrymen Derek Rose and Alan Mulvanny.

Craig Thomson will handle the final game of U17 WC (c) scottishfa.co.uk


A FIFA referee since 2003, this year Thomson joined his second FIFA U17 WC, after the experience made in 2007 in South Korea.  Prior to this final appointment, he had officiated two matches in the competition: Uruguay - Ivory Coast in the group stage, and Morocco - Ivory Coast (full African clash) in the Round of 16.
Norbert Hauata from Tahiti  has received the honor to act as fourth official, while the reserve assistant referee will be Mark Rule from New Zealand.


08 November 2013, 17:00 CET (Abu Dhabi)
Mexico - Nigeria
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Derek Rose (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Fourth Official: Norbert Hauata (TAH)
Reserve AR: Mark Rule (NZL)


At the same time, Badara Diatta from Senegal has been appointed by FIFA for the third place match, to be played between Sweden and Argentina. He will be assisted by his regular assistants Djibril Camara and El Hadjii Samba. To complete the officiating crew, Pavel Královec  will work as fourth official, while Martin Wilczek  as reserve assistant referee (both from Czech Republic).


08 November 2013, 14:00 CET (Abu Dhabi)
Sweden - Argentina
Referee: Badara Diatta (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Reserve AR: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
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November 4, 2013

Felix Brych and Jonas Eriksson to handle Intercontinental Play-Off 2nd legs

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German Felix Brych and Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson have been assigned by FIFA to oversee the second legs of the World Cup Play-Offs between New Zealand and Mexico and Uruguay and Jordan respectively.


After the first leg played in Estadio Azteca that will be controlled by Viktor Kassai, it will be Germany's Felix Brych who will have the honour to take charge of the second leg in Wellington, New Zealand. He will be accompanied by Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp as assistant referees and by Marco Fritz as fourth official. Russian Nikolay Levnikov will be the referee observer.
For the doctor in law from Munich, it will be his second play-off of his career, having handled the match between Ireland and France in Dublin in 2009.


Meanwhile, Eriksson will be assisted by Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Wärnmark on the sidelines, while Stefan Johannesson has been nominated to control the benches as fourth official. Greek Kyros Vassaras will observe and assess the referee team. The match will be kicked-off at 21 November 2013 at midnight of CET.
The first leg will be handled by Norway's Svein Oddvar Moen, so that two Scandinavians have been assigned for this high-profile and potentially intense duel. Massimo Busacca, who made this appointment, knows this stadium in Montevideo best himself: he handled Uruguay's World Cup qualification versus Costa Rica four years ago.

20 November 2013, 07:00 CET
Westpac Stadium, Wellington (NZL)
New Zealand - Mexico
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)
Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)

21 November 2013, 00:00 CET
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo (URU) 
Uruguay - Jordan
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

source: Árbitro Internacional

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UEFA Europa League 2013/14 - Referee Appointments - MD4

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UEFA has revealed all the officials appointed for the Matchday 4 of 2013-14 UEFA Europa League. Among others, two referees will make their debut in this phase of the competition: Italian Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni  and Ruddy Buquet from France.


Antti Munukka, observed by Kyros Vassaras in Dnipro - Paços Ferreira(c) palloliitto.fi

Group D, 7 November 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Centralniy Stadion, Kazan (RUS)
Rubin - Wigan
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Süleyman Abay (TUR)

Fourth Official: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernandez Marin (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Velid Imamović  (BIH)

Group A, 7 November 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Kuban, Krasnodar (RUS)
Kuban - Swansea
 Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthias Winsauer (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen  (FRO)
UEFA Delegate: Targo Kaldoja  (EST)

Group A, 7 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Arena St Gallen, St Gallen (SUI)
St Gallen - Valencia
 Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrei Getikov (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)
Fourth Official: Vitali Malyutin (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel  (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman  (SVN)

Group B, 7 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - Chornomorets Odesa
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Neale Barry  (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze  (GEO)

Group B, 7 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: PSV Stadion, Eindhoven (NED)
PSV - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: István Kovács (ROU)
Fourth Official: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Jeurissen  (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: David Roger Griffiths  (WAL)

Group C, 7 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Sport og Event Park Esbjerg, Esbjerg (DEN)
Esbjerg - Elfsborg
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin  (RUS)

Group C, 7 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege (BEL)
Standard Liège - Salzsburg
Referee: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan  (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides  (CYP)

Group D, 7 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
Maribor - Zulte Wagerem
Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jiří Moláček (CZE)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Paták (CZE)

Fourth Official: Patrik Filipek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dušan Krchnak  (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: George Fantaros  (CYP)

Group E, 7 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Dnipro Arena, Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)
Dnipro - Paços Ferreira
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matti Heininen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Antamo (FIN)

Fourth Official: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Yauheni Tratsiuk  (BLR)

Group E, 7 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca (ROU)
Pandurii - Fiorentina
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ilias Spathas (GRE)

Fourth Official: Dimitrios Gagas (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis López Serrano  (ESP)

Group F, 7 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
APOEL - Bordeaux
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frederick Stalport (BEL)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Christof Dierick (BEL)

Fourth Official: Danny Huens (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray  (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul  (MDA)

Group F, 7 November 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Bloomfield, Tel Aviv (ISR)
M. Tel-Aviv - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristof Meers (BEL)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luc Wouters (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)

Fourth Official: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Thor Orrason  (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis  (LVA)

Group G, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
Rapid Wien - Genk
Referee: Fırat Aydınus (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alek Tascioglu (TUR)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

Fourth Official: Çem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford  (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Thomas Weyhing  (GER)

Group G, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Arena Thun, Thun (SUI)
Thun - Dinamo Kiyv
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Eric Dansault (FRA)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Thual (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benoit Bastien (FRA)

Fourth Official: Fredji Harchay (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov  (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström  (FIN)

Group H, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
Sevilla - Liberec 
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Additional Assistant  Referee 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musiał (POL)

Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro  (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Ilja Kaenzig  (SUI)

Group H, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: António Coimbra Da Mota, Estoril (POR)
Estoril - Freiburg 
 Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Mucha (POL)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)

Fourth Official:  Krzysztof Myrmus  (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)  
UEFA Delegate: Svein Johannessen  (NOR)

Group I, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Kantrida, Rijeka (CRO)
Rijeka - Lyon  
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)

Additional Assistant Referee  1: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)

Fourth Official: Dvir Shimon (ISR)  
 UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev  (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner  (GER)

Group I, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes (POR)
Guimarães - Betis
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Domenico Celi (ITA)

Fourth Official: Nicola Nicoletti (ITA) 
 UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Lucien Kayser  (LUX)

Group J, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw (POL)
Legia - Trabzonspor
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Stien (FRA)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benoît Millot (FRA)

Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González  (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Dusan Tittel  (SVK)

Group J, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
Lazio - Apollon
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David Mcgeachie (SCO)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Brian Colvin (SCO)

Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO) 
 UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen  (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman  (ISR)

Group K, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Alfheim, Tromso (NOR)
Tromsø - Anji
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant  Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)

Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski  (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Sergei Ilyich  (BLR)

Group K, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham - Sheriff
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: David Vang Andersen (DEN)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jens Maae (DEN)

Fourth Official: Daniel R. Nørgaard (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis  (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Karl-Erik Nilsson  (SWE)
 
Group L, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: AZ Stadion, Alkmaar (NED)
AZ - Shakhter
Referee: Martin Hansson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Henrik Andren (SWE)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)

Fourth Official: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Argyrou (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

Group L, 7 November 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Itztadion Kiryat Eliezer, Haifa (ISR)
M. Haifa - PAOK
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Siebert (GER)

Fourth Official: Stefan Lupp (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller  (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed  (DEN)
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