February 16, 2014

Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

UEFA has selected Jonas Eriksson of Sweden and Hungarian Viktor Kassai to take charge of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 opening matches. The Swedish match official will be observed by refereeing vice-officer Hugh Dallas from Scotland, which indicates that the absolute top clash of this first K.O. round between Man.City and FC Barcelona  is going to be a vitally important match for the Scandinavian World Cup 2014 referee. At the same time, Viktor Kassai will referee Bayer Leverkusen - Paris SG.



Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 20:45 CET
Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester City - FC Barcelona
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: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Henk Kesler (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 20:45 CET
BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany
Bayer Leverkusen - Paris Saint-Germain
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihály Fabián (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispál (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

63 Comments:

  1. Anonymous16/2/14 11:09

    So my prediction was right :-) Delighted with Eriksson's appointment!

    /Swedish observer

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    1. And Markus Strombergsson is still there :)
      It isn't possible, otherwise he might have accompanied Jonas even to WC :D

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    2. Anonymous16/2/14 11:19

      I wonder what the rest of the Swedish FIFA referees think about this...

      /Swedish observer

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    3. Anonymous16/2/14 12:33

      Eriksson referee very good for M.City

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  2. Interesting matches for both referees - also Leverkusen-PSG will be combatted I guess.
    In Eriksson's case, I am wondering what UEFA is planning with him this season.

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  3. Anonymous16/2/14 11:16

    We will have to wait and see, but if he can keep up his great form also this spring then I can see him get his second final of the season in May...

    /Swedish observer

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  4. That's exactly what went through my mind. Depending on performances and the teams that will qualify for Lisbon, there are really only a few referees eligible for that. Eriksson is one of them imo.

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  5. Thoroughly deserved appointment for Eriksson, off the back of a really stellar 2013. I don't know about you, but I think he is in the the running to handle this years final in Lisbon. As for Kassai, well, it will be interesting to see how he responds after the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup.

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  6. Anonymous16/2/14 11:28

    Eriksson, Skomina and Cakir are the ones competing for the Lisbon match in my view. But it is a long way to go. Sweden has not had a "Champions League" final referee in 30 years. Erik Fredriksson whistled the final in 1984 between Liverpool and Roma in the Olympic stadium in Rome. Maybe time for another Swede after 30 years? But, as said, a lot can happen.

    /Swedish observer

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  7. Yep I agree. Skomina could have it difficult as his team is instable - we have to wait whether we'll see Zunic again or not, which I personally doubt.
    I would also say that Moen and Mazic are candidates. Everything is possible. Even Brych - but as Bayern will very likely qualify for the final, I don't see a chance for him. Maybe next year in Berlin.

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    1. Anonymous16/2/14 11:58

      Forgot about Brych and Kuipers, both are obviously hot candidates too!

      /Swedish observer

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    2. Kuipers one year after Europa League final? :) I think not possible, at least 2 or 3 years must pass.

      Brych could be a candidate, but now in my opinion the first choice by UEFA is Cakir. He never got European finals and probably one year ago the committee was already considering him as candidate for Wembley, with Collina observer in Manchester.
      Skomina is out, if you ask me, I'm quite sure, he has not reliable assistants at his side, or at least at ONE side. :)

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    3. Anonymous16/2/14 12:13

      Eriksson then - in the same season as the Super cup final...? All can happen, that is for sure.

      /Swedish observer

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  8. Anonymous16/2/14 12:21

    Remember Fandel who had two finals in a row in 2006-2007. And he is now in the committee. And with Proenca the committee has shown that they don't have any problems appointing a referee to two finals in the same season. So I would definitely not rule out Kuipers just because he had the Amsterdam final last year.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. Anonymous16/2/14 12:37

      Fandel's designation for the UCL final 2007 just one year after the UCUP final might have been a compensation for not having been considered for the WC 2006 (due to Merk's nomination) whereas the unexperienced likes of Medina Cantalejo (instead of Mejuto Gonzalez) and Rosetti (instead of De santis) were selected.

      Peter/Vienna

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    2. De facto Kuipers had a great EL final performance and a very good Confed Cup final performance. These arguments should be stronger than the interval of his finals.

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    3. I understand this point of view, especially what Niclas wrote, but at the end one must also take into account that UEFA has a big choice and they can't appoint always the same referee for different finals.
      We all know what happened in 2012 in order to appoint again Proença for a final after a few months, the Portuguese official was a forced (and the last) choice among all the other ones.
      So, giving again a final to Kuipers, could also be seen as a unkindness against all the other Elite officials, if you understand what I mean.
      Of course, for the next year, it would be more acceptable.

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    4. I feel it's possible (Kuipers again), but it's not UEFA's first choice at this moment. A lot can happen, as Swedish observer said. For now my favourites (to be pushed by UEFA) are Eriksson, Cakir and Moen (in that order and Moen more for the EL final). We may see a Scandinavian sweep of European finals this season ;-).

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  9. Off topic:
    I'm sorry to say, but once again a crucial mistake in a key match by Howard Webb...

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/kNZSyu0svzxtG75uzLC&start=1223

    I don't know about you but I'm starting to think Howard needs a (prolonged) rest period, so he can gather his wits and go into the decisive part of the season with a clear mind.

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    1. I agree, Webb missed a clear penalty in favour of Liverpool as Suarez was impeded by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Webb could not have been better placed, probably Suarez's theatrical reaction made his mind up.
      In spite of that, I thought Webb started relatively well, his first half performance was really good. Only criticism would be the fact he didn't caution Sterling who put his hands on Webb. Also, Podolski was fortunate to escape a booking for a late challenge on Flanagan. After the interval, he correctly awarded a penalty to Liverpool. But, IMO Gerrard should have gone for a second bookakble offence after he committed a late lunge. Overall, a rather inconsistent performance, I agree, he could to with a break to gather his thoughts as we enter the final lap of the season.

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    2. Anonymous16/2/14 21:53

      Can't believe watching the video posted by Thomas.
      How can you miss such penalty being so close to play?

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    3. Well...at a certain point there can be too many mistakes to be the world's best referee or the undoubtful no.1 of a big football nation.
      In this case, I can understand his decision though. As Nur said, from his angle (like replay no.1), it must have looked like Suarez searching the contact and falling into the defender. I hope that Webb would have decided differently if he had positioned differently..no excuse for missing that, but maybe an explanation.

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  10. Anonymous18/2/14 21:34

    And we have already a team at quarterfinals after 45 minutes.
    Poor Leverkusen.

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  11. Anonymous18/2/14 21:35

    Interesting clash of styles in Manchester, with some tricky situations to sort out for the Swedish team. Although some decisions could be discussed I think that they have a good first half. And they possibly have got all major decisions right. Some replays revealed some pushing and possibly also a handball in the penalty area but to me it seemed correct to play on.

    /Swedish observer

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  13. Very debatable offside call by Kassai/Ring (67')

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  14. I think that Eriksson got the penalty and red card decision right.
    It is sure that Demichelis committed a foul (he didn't touch at all the ball) and the crucial contact took place probably just on the line, even though the foul started outside of the area.

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  15. What's your thoughts on the penalty awarded to Barcelona by Eriksson? Personally, I think the contact on Messi occurred outside the box. However, I understand why the Swede pointed to the spot...

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    1. Please disregard this comment. The contact occurred outside, but continued inside. Agree with Eriksson in that case.

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    2. Anonymous18/2/14 22:22

      I totally agree. Outside the box but understandable decision. Very very difficult decision. But IMHO Navas was clearly fouled the moment before...

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    3. I disagree. Replays have shown that Navas made a dive.

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    4. Anonymous19/2/14 00:25

      I stand corrected. After watching some replays, I think it is a correct decision regarding Navas. But I still think that the contact on Messi is outside the box (but again very very difficult decision - based on the 1st image, without the replays, I thought it was inside). Thank you.

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  16. Anonymous18/2/14 22:19

    Difficult to see, and I am not sure but was there not two touches? The last was definitely inside if I was not seeing totally wrong. The first was just before, perhaps on, the line. I would have gone with the referees view if I was Dallas.

    /Swedish observer

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  17. Crucial mistake by AR1 Klasenius disallowing a legal goal of Barça.

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  18. I think we agree when saying that Eriksson's overall performance was good. He found the right moments for cautions and had a consistent line. But for sure there are two problems, the penalty (imo it was outside but who the hell wants to see that...) and the offside goal.
    Another remarkable observation... Eriksson did not follow UEFA's guideline to avert the triple punishment.

    Kassai's penalty and 2nd yellow card were absolutely correct, as far as I have seen it.

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  19. Anonymous18/2/14 23:00

    Overall my view is that Eriksson did very well in this fixture. Several difficult situations, and the given penalty being the by far most difficult one. With the help of replays it is still not clear to me where the foul (or fouls) occured. I think that UEFA would accept the decision though since they in borderline cases would normally agree with the referee. Time will tell, but a very difficult decision. For me correct though. Clear line throughout and well communicated. 8.6 in my view considering everything.

    Stellar assistants in Klasenius and Wärnmark. Klasenius may have made an error with the disallowed goal and if so he will get 7.9. I must admit that I did not see the replay though. Wärnmark faultless with some tricky decisions, so 8.5 for him perhaps.

    At least these are my (probably biased) views tonight.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. I agree with you. In general Eriksson did very well. He also corrected rejected a penalty for possible handball (no deliberate handball for sure). I have small doubts on Mascherano's YC where my first thought was RC. Furthermore he missed a YC in 61' against Zabaleta for a scissors tackle close to the corner flag (-0.1). I would not blame anyone for the penalty and you are right, even the replays are a bit contradictory. In my opinion, Eriksson was on a good 8.4 level. Wärnmark and Klasenius both had some awesome onsides.

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    2. Agree with Niklas. I am considering something like 8.4-8.5 for Eriksson. Klasenius (without the benefit of replay) seemed to have wrongly disallowed a goal and Wärnmark was faultless.

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    3. Good performance, however two crucial mistakes (penatly kick, offside call) and disputable not/awarding YC (Zabaleta/Negredo).
      I agree with your comments, it was very difficult situation for whole referee team to detect where exactly the foul was committed, as the contact happened in the air and very close to the box. I feel sorry for the ref team since the offence occurred in the area that was far away from any of the referees, and all of them were well positioned.
      But it was out of the box.
      Assistance referees very good, although AR Klasenius wrongly disallowed Barcelona's goal in the second half, and Warnmark was lucky but also smart not to raise the flag in the first half (City's goal chance) as he was not well positioned.
      Some time ago, I read and supported the opinion the CL is top competition which requires top referee decisions.
      Eriksson - 7.8
      Warnmark - 8.4
      Klasenius - 7.9

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    4. By the way, was I the only one whom almost no replay was presented in ManCity-Barcelona? Some yellow card offenses were not shown, some offsides either..

      @ Shearer: Yes, it was outside. But most of us, maybe you, too, needed three or four slow-mos to come to this conclusion. We had a similar situation in Ajax-Barcelona where Kralovec awarded a penalty and sent off the defender (Messi was fouled as well, almost the same position on the field of play)..replays then showed the contact happened 20 cms outside, but Messi fell several metres into the penalty area due to the high pace of the action. In a newspaper interview, Slysko said UEFA was satisfied with the performance and decision. So if this was considered correct, I have no doubt Dallas will back Eriksson and Klasenius here...

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    5. Anonymous19/2/14 12:58

      And it seems as Graham Poll supports Eriksson's decision too in his column in the Daily Mail.

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    6. Anonymous19/2/14 13:01

      I guess we will wait and see, what UEFA think of that decicion. If called correct, we must see Eriksson in the latter stages of the competition! If not, the QF should be max for Eriksson.

      / Bottle carrier

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  20. Anonymous18/2/14 23:46

    PSG disallowed goal according to new offside rule but it can be a mistake.Your opinions.

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    1. Correct decision, if Lavezzi touches it.
      The goalkeeper made a deliberate save -> offside.
      The defender then deflected the ball -> offside.
      If Lavezzi touched the ball, then it is definitely a perfect offside call. The replays don't clearly shown whether Lavezzi touches it.

      ( http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k2AtayfXklE3V45wKHi&start=1356 )

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    2. If there's not touch,goal?IMOP I don't think Lavezzi 'interferes an opponent' in the video.AR1 raised his flag a little bit late,maybe he's not sure Lavezzi touched the ball or not,Kassai told him.

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    3. That's it. If Lavezzi had touched the goal before it went in, it is interfering with play. The offside was still active due to the deliberate save and subsequent deflection which both kept the offside active and therefore punishable. If Lavezzi did not interfere with play by touching the ball, the decision is wrong.

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  21. About Viktor Kassai's decisions:
    Rewatching some replays (with magnifiers of the German TV), the penalty decision was correct. There was a clear holding. It was very likely detected by AAR2 Mihaly Fabian, Kassai reacted with some delay and seemed to follow his AAR's advice, who stood still and slightly turned to the goal, which indicates he detected a foul.
    The second yellow card was suggested by AR1 György Ring. I would call the yellow card a bit harsh, but in the end the hand was in the face. For sure, the Paris player made a lot out of it. What is your opinion here? (59')

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    1. Anonymous19/2/14 10:33

      What about the handball situation in PSG's penalty area?(at the beginning of 32')

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    2. Wrong decision, it was no deliberate handball. But that was a rather subtle call and not of that big relevance imo.

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    3. Anonymous19/2/14 11:11

      Last season,AC milan against barca,indeliberate handball IMOP by milan player near the penalty area of barca,then a goal happened.Barca players complainted about that handball.A former FIFA ref said on TV Its better to whistle the handball in this situation,even though its not deliberate.

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    4. I remember this situation. IMO Thomson took the right decision then (no handball). This point of the former FIFA ref you mention is interesting..

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  22. About Lavezzi offside and disallowed goal I disagree. I think Ring was right.
    I think that Lavezzi never touched the ball, nevertheless his offside position must be punished at any rate, because the pass by Matuidi was clearly for him and he influenced two opponents being between them. There was a contention for the ball and I agree with Ring.

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    1. I disagree. There was not any pass on Lavezzi. Matuidi made a shot on goal.

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  23. I've just watched the incident and I agree with Niclas. I don't think Lavezzi was interfering with play. I'm nearly certain the little Argentine did not touch the ball. Possibly the AAR1 or Kassai had some input in Ring eventually raising his flag... Personally, I think the goal should have stood.

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