February 12, 2014

Match Officials for CL & EL K.O. stage matches ready

These are the men appointed by UEFA to function as referee observers and match delegates respectively in the first legs of Champions League's Round of 16 and Europa League's Round of 32.

Herbert Fandel will observe a match in Europa League (c) spox.com

UEFA Champions League:

Manchester City - FC Barcelona
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Henk Kesler (NED)

Bayer Leverkusen - Paris S.G.
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)

Arsenal FC - Bayern München
Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (ARM)

AC Milan - Atlético Madrid
Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

Zenit St Petersburg - Borussia Dortmund
Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

Olympiacos - Manchester United
Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Georges Lüchinger (LIE)

Schalke 04 - Real Madrid
Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)

Galatasaray - Chelsea FC
Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-Louis Piette (FRA)


UEFA Europa League:

FC Dnipro - Tottenham
Referee Observer: Christakis Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN)

Real Betis - Rubin Kazan
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)

Swansea City - SSC Napoli
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)

Juventus Turin - Trabzonspor
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)

NK Maribor - Sevilla CF
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu (ROU)

Viktoria Plzen - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Tomás Gea (AND)

Chornomorets - Olympique Lyon
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Ori Shilo (ISR)

Lazio Roma - Ludogorets
Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Gunther De Saedeleer (BEL)

Ajax Amsterdam - RB Salzburg
Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)

Esbjerg - Fiorentina
Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)

Maccabi Tel-Aviv - FC Basel
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)

FC Porto - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)

Anzhi - KRC Genk
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)

Dynamo Kyiv - Valencia CF
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides (CYP)

PAOK - SL Benfica
Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Johan van Kouterik (NED)

Slovan Liberec - AZ Alkmaar
Referee Observer: Adrian D. Casha (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Lucien Kayser (LUX)

69 Comments:

  1. Slight change of my predictions from a couple days ago. Plus, a couple of predictions for the EL.

    Manchester City - FC Barcelona
    Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
    UEFA Delegate: Henk Kessler (NED)
    Prediction: Damir Skomina (SVN)

    Bayer Leverkusen - Paris S.G.
    Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
    UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)
    Prediction: Milorad Mažić (SRB)

    Arsenal FC - Bayern München
    Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
    UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (ARM)
    Prediction: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

    AC Milan - Atlético Madrid
    Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
    UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
    Prediction: Pavel Královec (CZE)

    Zenit St Petersburg - Borussia Dortmund
    Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
    UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)
    Prediction: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

    Olympiacos - Manchester United
    Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
    UEFA Delegate: Georges Lüchinger (LIE)
    Prediction: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

    Schalke 04 - Real Madrid
    Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
    UEFA Delegate: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)
    Prediction: Martin Atkinson (ENG)

    Galatasaray - Chelsea FC
    Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
    UEFA Delegate: Jean-Louis Piette (FRA)
    Prediction: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

    Juventus Turin - Trabzonspor
    Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
    UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
    Prediction: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)

    Viktoria Plzen - Shakhtar Donetsk
    Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
    UEFA Delegate: Tomás Gea (AND)
    Prediction: Fırat Aydınus (TUR)

    Lazio Roma - Ludogorets
    Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)
    UEFA Delegate: Gunther De Saedeleer (BEL)
    Prediction: Deniz Aytekin (GER)

    Ajax Amsterdam - RB Salzburg
    Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
    UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)
    Prediction: Ivan Bebek (CRO)

    FC Porto - Eintracht Frankfurt
    Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
    UEFA Delegate: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)
    Prediction: Sergei Karasev (RUS)



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    1. I think that Vautrot, Elleray and Collina not must lose the time
      looking Atkinson, Aytekin and Bebek.

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    2. Well Vautrot never comes for young referees but mostly for very experienced ones (example: Rizzoli in Sociedad-ManU). So Atkinson is fine, I prefer Webb for S04-RMA though.
      Elleray for Aytekin is logical as well. He is not far away from a promotion in my opinion. And Collina already observed Bebek twice in his career...so a third time would fit into the story, but I rather expect Gautier (or even Cakir once again?? Let's see..).

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  2. Anonymous12/2/14 19:19

    My predictions:
    City-FCB Rizzoli
    Milan-A.Madrid Thomson
    Arsenal-Bayern Proença
    Schalke-Real Eriksson
    Leverkusen-PSG Bebek
    Olympiakos-MU Velasco
    Zenit-B.Dortmund Clattenburg
    Galatasaray-Chelsea Brych

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    1. My updated ones:

      CIT-BAR: Brych
      MIL-ATL: Moen
      ARS-BAY: Proenca
      LEV-PSG: Velasco or Undiano
      ZEN-BVB: Collum
      OLY-MNU: Kuipers
      S04-RMA: Webb
      GAL-CHE: Rizzoli

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    2. Anonymous13/2/14 16:04

      I don´t hope that Brych,Collum and Webb repeat FCB,Zenit and Real.

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    3. I am also a fan of not repeating team & referee combinations in a season, but UEFA has often enough proven they don't care about it.

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  3. Off Topic:
    Fantastic game by Clattenburg in Arsenal - Manchester United. Always in control, kept the game flowing as far as possible, and kept the cards in his pocket save for two mandatory offences. Some brilliant advantages too.
    Overall a risky strategy adopted by Clattenburg, but worked really well. No other candidates for man of the match, not the most enticing Arsenal-United ever...

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    1. That, was the definition of a bore draw. I agree - Clattenburg put in a decent shift, although he wasn't significantly challenged. However, I felt Wayne Rooney was very fortunate to escape a caution for his sheer insolence in numerous occasions.

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    2. I feel the referee handled Rooney's protests very well with his personality. Yes, a yellow card would surely have been appropriate, but Clattenburg solved it in another way, consistent with his match approach. So I am content with his handling of that situation.

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  4. According to serie A appointments for the next matchday (released today), Rocchi is totally out from European competitions on next week. He has a match in serie A on Monday evening.
    Rizzoli is out from appointments so he probably has a match on Tuesday or Wednesday.
    Tagliavento has a match on Sunday and therefore it would be still possible to see him in CL on Wednesday but less than Rizzoli.

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    1. Whereas on these shores:
      Atkinson and Clattenburg are in action on Saturday, while Webb has a game on Sunday. All three can be potentially appointed next week.

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    2. Brych has a match on Sunday, so probably not City-Barca.
      Stark is appointed on Saturday, so he is possible.

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    3. Anonymous13/2/14 16:56

      I think Jonas Eriksson will be in charge of Manchester City-Barcelona on Tuesday. He refereed Manchester City-Napoli in the 11/12 season and I don't think that he has had Barcelona since he refereed Milan-Barca in the 11/12 season either, although I am not totally sure. And I can't remember that Dallas has observed him either during the last seasons. So in my book all signs are pointing to Jonas Eriksson in Manchester on Tuesday night. And it would be a deserved appointment too.

      /Swedish observer

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    4. Deserved it would certainly be. I'm going for a Scandinavian as well. I can see Moen getting the appointment, but he already had Barcelona-Ajax this season. So my personal favourite for the match is Moen, but Eriksson is the most likely contender, I agree. I would be very happy with either of them receiving the appointment, though.

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  5. I don't know if someone posted it but Benjamin Williams was involved in a pretty interesting situation.

    Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KCprjCg1l8

    Starting from 06:55.

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    1. Free kick and YC, because the striker had already kicked the ball and there wasn't any obvious goal scoring opportunity, even though the keeper was out. The ball was in possession of a defender.
      A quite similar scene happened in Napoli-Milan one week ago, in this case the foul by keeper was less blatant, but if you ask me, the situation it's100% similar:

      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k2zG6Nr8tHUaIc5p6qg&start=1769

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    2. Chefren, please watch the video again, with the sound turned on ;-).

      Quite unfortunate for Williams that this happened when he whistled for full time, injury time was up and it seemed as if the ball was in a 'neutral' position. It seemed fair enough to whistle there and then. Nevertheless I think Williams may have tried more to prevent the scene by whistling repeatedly after the attack broke, for example.
      A YC for the goalkeeper would have been justified for the goalkeeper's action itself, irrespective of the final whistle.

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    3. You are right Thomas, I missed something.
      So, where is the problem? The referee can whistle when he wants.
      Even more in this case, since the additional time was already over.
      Yes, he might have prevented that, but I don't see a mistake.

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    4. It does not matter whether he may whistle when he wants. De facto this action was poor in its outcome, public appearance and effect on the match. You can call Williams unlucky of course. If he had whistled a second earlier and specially louder, there would not have been a problem.

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  6. Anonymous13/2/14 16:06

    OK with Thomas and I think that Clattenburg is now number one at England.

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    1. I think Clattenburg will be England's no.1 as soon as Howard Webb retires. However, UEFA might want to anticipate this by appointing Clattenburg to big European duels this season, for example a CL QF or EL SF.

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    2. And I think that now Webb is number two in England.

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    3. Although Clattenburg has been arguably the most consistent performer in the Select Group, Webb is the undisputed #1 in the eyes of PGMOL, FA, UEFA and FIFA. Webb has had the lion's share of the domestic top fixtures including this weekends FA CUP tie between Arsenal and Liverpool. Whereas, Clatts' only high-profile Premier League game was the Arsenal - Manchester United fixture on Wednesday evening. Webb is going to Brazil (and deservedly so), but Clattenburg is the heir apparent and will represent England in the upcoming tournaments.
      BTW - Clatts was with Webb's regular assistants on Wednesday night, very rare.

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    4. Emil Archambault14/2/14 17:42

      Is Clatts really the heir, though? He's only three years younger than Webb. In my view, Oliver will be the new protégé of FIFA and PGMOL. Clattenburg is good, but will end up in Rocchi's position: a very good official, who gets reasonable trust, but with no hope of getting huge clashes or finals.

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    5. Oliver is only 28, his time will come. At the very least I see Clattenburg attending Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018. By that time he will be 42-years-of-age, meaning he is still eligible to take part in Euro 2020. Then, the baton will be passed onto Oliver. Clattenburg by the way is also the odds on favourite to handle this season's FA Cup final. He's the only "top" official to have not had the honour as of yet. I also failed to disclose the fact he also handled both the Manchester United - Liverpool League Cup tie and the North London derby last month, so the powers that be do give him a share of the top fixtures. Clattenburg has been a tad unfortunate, with Webb being Webb, he will always get the most big games. It's always been that way and it will continue until Webb hangs up his whistle.

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    6. Clattenburg is currently planned for EURO 2016 if Webb retires and for WC 2018 for sure. Of course time can change things...who knows what will happen during the next 3 years.

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  7. greek referee13/2/14 17:28

    Does any referee from Greece has the chance to get an appointment?

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    1. Yes definitely. Anastassios Sidiropoulos could get a match. I predict him for Odessa-Lyon.

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    2. Anonymous13/2/14 20:17

      What are the criteria for DOGSO and for Stopping a prommising attack? What is more important to Benjamin Williams situation, "THE LETTER or THE SPIRIT OF THEGAME?

      thank you

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    3. Repost:

      Laws of the Game - page 130
      "Referees should consider the following circumstances when deciding whether to send off a player for denying a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity:
      • the distance between the offence and the goal
      • the likelihood of keeping or gaining control of the ball
      • the direction of the play
      • the location and number of defenders"

      I'll let you decide on the second one.

      You're welcome.

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    4. Anonymous14/2/14 14:24

      Thank you for your guidance

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    5. Don't be surprised about deleted comments. But I ask you to not break confidentiality in terms of referee appointments. There is a reason why they are only publicly determined 48h before the match.

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    6. Anonymous14/2/14 18:15

      You did a good thing Niclas.

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  8. Anonymous14/2/14 11:28

    After his bad action in SouthAfrica and his actions at Premier League,
    Webb should not be in Brazil. It´s my opinion.

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    1. He might be off the boil domestically, however, you cannot deny he has been very good on the European/international stage in the last 18-24 months. I disagree, I believe Webb deserves his selection. Also, it would be a crying shame if Darren Cann missed out, especially since I regard him as one of the very best and the fact he is giving up his FIFA badge at the end of the year.

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    2. The last time Webb had a bad season in England and a good one in Europe, he got rewarded with the CL and WC final...

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  9. Anonymous14/2/14 11:43

    Maybe, but all referees have their bad moments. He is still one of the best to deal on this level.

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  10. Anonymous14/2/14 15:47

    A question for all the blog please if you can answer, I would like to know whether it is possible to have a overview of the whole CL group stage appointments.

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  11. I have an xcel document with marks from our reports. I can maybe modify it and upload it next days.

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    1. That would be great, as the appointments are incorporated in the document as well I guess? I would like to see it, in any case.

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  12. Assistant referee in Bulgarian 1st League.

    No comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN_Ul-gVLoU

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    1. It doesn't look like a 1st league match. It would be absurd.
      According to this source (read the comment written by "Anton Panov") it should be a Third Division match.

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/assistant-referee-talks-phone-during-3145367

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    2. Ok, my mistake Chefren.

      When I read the article in a website it was talking about a 1st division match.

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  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R5xtuAq_SY
    serie A match Milan - Bologna
    In the 38th minute of first half, referee Mauro Bergonzi suffered a wound on his lips caused by the ball hitting his face.
    He bore the pain, using a handkerchief in the last 7 minutes of first half, then he needed a serious medical treatment during the half time (it lasted 22 minutes).
    At any rate, he was beleeding on the pitch prior to half time and that's not allowed.


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  14. I predict Dynamo-Valencia and PAOK-Benfica for Elite referees.

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    1. I could also imagine someone like Benquerenca in Swansea-Napoli. Koopman never observed ED / young referees. So I guess either a referee of the format à la Yefet or Tudor gets it or an Elite official.

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    2. Anonymous15/2/14 19:18

      Mr Platini will watch Paok-Benfica

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  15. Anonymous15/2/14 15:10

    I think that is absurd the mystery of UEFA about the designations.

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    1. Why? As clearly explained above, it is essential to retain confidentiality to protect the referees. Otherwise they will be subjected to extra pressure, and there might be more talk about the referee appointed.
      Imagine Çakir is appointed to City-Barcelona (I'm not saying he is, in fact I'm convinced he isn't) and this has been revealed for two weeks before the match. Enough time for British media to park a journalist or two outside his home/pay particular attention to his domestic games in the period in between/make the match build-up all about the referee ("Controversial Nani ref returns to Manchester" etc and so on). Thus increasing the pressure to such an extent that mistakes are both more likely and more fatal for a referee.
      Of course you can also just read the text above the line instead of my ramblings, as Niclas has laid out the reasons for confidentiality much clearer there.

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    2. Correction, the text is not 'above', as stated, but in the latest post.

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  16. Anonymous15/2/14 17:40

    Thomas, not two weeks but four or three days.

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    1. Well in the current case we are talking about exactly one week.

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  17. Update
    Anzhi-Genk Hovnanisyan
    Dnipro-Tottenham new observer Skapoulis instead of De Bleekere
    Plzen-Shaktar now De bleeckere instead of Karlsson

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    1. Thanks kika. I hope, for "czech referee", that Karlsson's absence in Plzen means nothing..

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    2. Sorry Niclas,but i do not understand what you mean by that..

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    3. There was a user "czech referee" who placed a certain comment last week. I did not mean you, kika, thanks for the infos ;)

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    4. ok thanks!What he was saying?something inapropriate for Mr Karlsson?because i try to find the comment and i cannot...

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    5. No, his comment was the reason why I created a post about confidentiality last days. I deleted the comments, so no wonder you did not find them :). You are also welcome to contact me via mail.

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