March 30, 2014

Champions League Quarterfinals: Brych and Velasco on duty in Barcelona and Manchester

UEFA has appointed Carlos Velasco Carballo and Felix Brych to take charge of the first two quarterfinals of this year's Champions League campaign. The Spanish World Cup 2014 match officials team thus is confirmed for Manchester Utd. - Bayern München following a public declaration issued by RFEF that he had been replaced for his original match in Spanish Primera División on Monday because of international duties.
Germany's World Cup referee Felix Brych will control the Spanish duel between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in Camp Nou - and will be observed by FIFA Committee member Alfredo Trentalange, which is surely no coincidence.

We wish both referee teams all the best.

01 April 2014, 20:45 CET
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Manchester United - FC Bayern München
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)*
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)
UEFA Matches in 2013/14:
26.02.2014 - CL R16 - Galatasaray 1:1 Chelsea FC - UEFA Observer: V. Krondl (CZE)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.2 / 8.4 / 8.3 / 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.4 - report by Chefren
26.11.2013 - CL MD5 - Borussia Dortmund 3:1 SSC Napoli - UEFA Observer: Z. Jokić (SRB)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.2 / 8.5 / 8.4 / 8.3 / 8.6 / 8.4 - report by Thomas
05.11.2013 - CL MD4 - Man. City 5:2 CSKA Moskva - UEFA Observer: D. McVicar (SCO)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.7 / 8.6 / 8.6 / 8.5 / 8.4 / 8.4 - report by Philipp
01.10.2013 - CL MD2 - Steaua 0:4 Chelsea FC  - UEFA Observer: E. Steinborn (GER)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.4 - report by Edward
27.08.2013 - CL PLO - Arsenal FC 2:0 Fenerbahçe - UEFA Observer: A. Casha (MLT)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.1 / 8.4 / 8.3 / 8.5 / 8.3 / 8.3 - report by Niclas

Previous Meetings with Manchester Utd. and Bayern München:
10.04.2013 - CL QF - Juventus 0:2 Bayern München - UEFA Observer: L. Vagner (HUN) 
20.11.2012 - CL MD5 - Galatasaray 1:0 Manchester Utd. - UEFA Observer: W. Young (SCO)
28.03.2012 - CL QF - Ol. Marseille 0:2 Bayern München - UEFA Observer: R. Rosetti (ITA)
26.04.2011 - CL SF - Schalke 04 0:2 Manchester Utd. - UEFA Observer: S. Zuev (RUS)
15.03.2011 - CL R16 - Manchester Utd. 2:1 Ol. Marseille - UEFA Observer: G. Goethals (BEL)

01 April 2014, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
FC Barcelona - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

UEFA Matches in 2013/14:
18.03.2014 - CL R16 - Chelsea FC 2:0 Galatasaray - UEFA Observer: R. Rosetti (ITA)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.6 / 8.5 / 8.5 / 8.4 - report by Thomas
10.12.2013 - CL MD6 - FC København 0:2 Real Madrid - UEFA Observer: N. Barry (ENG)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.3 / 8.6 / 8.4 / 8.5 / 8.3 / 8.4 - report by Chefren
22.10.2013 - CL MD3 - AC Milan 1:1 FC Barcelona - UEFA Observer: H. Brummeier (AUT)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.4 / 8.3 / 8.5 / 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.4 - report by Edward
17.09.2013 - CL MD1 - Olympiakos 1:4 Paris SG  - UEFA Observer: P. Kelly (IRL)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.4 / 7.8 / 8.5 / 8.3 / 8.3 / 8.4 - report by Dino
28.08.2013 - CL PLO - NK Maribor 0:1 Viktoria Plzen - UEFA Observer: S. Piller (HUN)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.2 / 8.4 / 8.3 / 8.3 / 8.3 / 8.4 - report by Albin

Previous Meetings with FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid:

22.10.2013 - CL MD3 - AC Milan 1:1 FC Barcelona - UEFA Observer: H. Brummeier (AUT)
18.04.2012 - CL SF - Chelsea FC 1:0 FC Barcelona - UEFA Observer: J. Marko (SVK)
19.08.2009 - CL PLO - Panathinaikos 2:3 Atlético Madrid
30.08.2007 - EL QLI - Vojvodina 1:2 Atlético Madrid

* replacing Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar as latter suffered an injury in Primera División (Villarreal - Elche)
** Marks in logical order (Referee / AR1 / AR2 / AAR1 / AAR2 / 4OF); marks written in italic numbers mean that a different match official, who does not join the referee in the coming match, was active in a past match. 


  1. Two designations expecteds.

  2. I agree - two expected choices, but also, two safe pairs of hands.

  3. Anonymous30/3/14 13:41

    my pedictions for the other two quaterfinals

    psg barcelona mazic
    real madrid dortmund webb/kassai

    1. Anonymous30/3/14 14:52

      Howard Webb just handled Real Madrid in the round of 16.


    2. No Webb another time for Real.
      Perhaps Mazic or Skomina.

  4. It is the third time in a row that Velasco has a quarterfinal match of Bayern, who won 2-0 in both matches

  5. Anonymous30/3/14 15:10

    What happened today in Serie A with Rizzoli?

    1. Sassuolo-Roma: penalty appeal by Sassuolo, the whole scene from the stands:

      Rizzoli at first waved on, then after a consultation with AAR2 Peruzzo decided for the penalty, and finally after further conversations with AR2 and players, changed again idea. Everything lasted about 5 min.
      At the end the decision is correct (if you watch the highlights) but we can discuss a lot about management... asking player for a crucial decision is not the best thing, at any rate (in my opinion).

    2. It is surely no good way. But it can happen. If you have guts, you correct your (wrong decision), it's honesty and makes you stronger. But all this should not take 4-5 minutes...

    3. Anonymous1/4/14 19:08

      Rizzoli,s management of the situation was very poor. One more time we could doubt about Collina,s politics about refereeing. IMO, european refereeing is in one of the worst moments in last years and the Italian has a huge responsability in this situation

    4. Oh come on. Rizzoli poorly handled this situation. That does not mean he is a terrible referee. Irmatov made an enormous mistake at the Confed Cup last year, and yet he is going to the WC; is FIFA incompetent as well? The Italian federation considers Rizzoli as their best; is the Italian federation to blame? The French pushed Lannoy who had a terrible game; will you accuse the French of being incompetent? What about the Swedes who had Martin Hansson as their forerunner in 2010, the Brits who sent Graham Poll to the WC in 2006, etc.

      You can't blame UEFA for one referee's mistakes. Accusing Collina of causing this poor handling of the situation is nonsense. And again, Rizzoli did make the right call in the end, so whatever mistake this was, it was not a crucial mistake.

    5. Anonymous1/4/14 22:18

      For sure even Rizzoli himself agrees that the management of the situation must have been better. Having said that, this shows that this referee has the courage. We should prefer referees who waste some time but get the right call than referees who just follow their crew opinion without even questioning. Rizzoli is still one of the best.

  6. Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar has suffered an injury right now in Villarreal - Elche.
    Relaced by fourth official Jesús Arroyo Cortés.
    I think that UEFA will change the fourth official.

  7. Good first half by Carballo. The match isn't really challenging but he handles it well.

  8. Anonymous1/4/14 21:34

    No best performance of Brych tonight!

    1. Anonymous1/4/14 22:37

      !? which match are you watching !?

    2. Anonymous1/4/14 22:50

      If we exclude little problems with positioning ( Brych fell to the ground once, and ran into the path of movement of players several times ) , Felix Brych was very good overall. Your opinions?


    3. I agree on his positioning and movement problems (too hasty sometimes, too central and it should have been more anticipative) and would like to add his wall management at free-kicks. E.g. in 36', there was a player 6-7 metres away from the free-kick taken by Barcelona, Brych was not interested in this. Furthermore mostly the players were allowed to move half a metre away from the original 9.15m position without being admonished to move back. Match control, disciplinary control and personality were IMO very good points.

    4. Anonymous1/4/14 23:08

      Exactly Niclas. Of course the referee have to adapt his positioning to the type pf the game, if the game is dynamic, he dont need to use diagonal system strictly.
      But in this case Brych was too central too many times , as you mentioned.
      Big plus was his calm approach ( like always ) :) which helped to control the temperament of players in this intense match.


  9. Inconsistency? Second yellow for Schweinsteiger, but not Valencia?

  10. Well it's not really inconsistency since the YC on Schweinsteiger was for SPA. Totally different reason.

    But I guess Valencia should be off with 2YC. AAR2 had the perfect view. But...........

    1. Well we can check the reason for the 2nd YC in the match report. If it is just "tackle", it is for me a wrong decision. Since Rooney already played the ball, I don't see a case of SPA. For me a careless tackle and no yellow card. Valencia could have been off, maybe, but I have sympathies for Velasco and Del Cerro here, both players jumped and only super slow-mos show Valencia had a stretched stud invisible for AAR2.
      The more interesting question is for me whether Bayern should have got a penalty in 34' for deliberate (?) handball.

      From what I saw, Brych did well in a not unfair but tense match.

    2. Yeah...but, if you over commit yourself, as Schweinsteiger did, while on a caution, your asking for trouble.

    3. Anonymous1/4/14 23:06

      It was similar to the tackle that Valencia got booked for.

    4. Well I am sure if we put ourselves in Carballo's position almost everyone would caution Schweinsteiger. And for me that's enough.

    5. Well I watched it again, you have a point. He had no real chance to play the ball so it is okay. As indicated, also given the match context. But, technically speaking, never for SPA, the ball arrived at a BAY player, there was no promising attack.

    6. I think in all the critical situations (Valencia,, Schweinsteiger, handball Büttner), both decisions were possible.
      Valencia: On one hand maybe reckless, but on the other hand both players go for the ball quite similar
      Schweinsteiger: see discussion above
      Handball Büttner: Short distance versus small enlargement of the body
      Personally, I liked the decisions, that Velasco took, in all three situations.

    7. Anonymous1/4/14 23:24

      Agreed, Edward, Niklas, Philipp, Nur. Fine performance.

    8. I fear UEFA's instructions are actually clear in these cases.

  11. Anonymous1/4/14 22:55

    While the match was easy, Velasco ok. But when difficult situations have arrived...

  12. Anonymous1/4/14 23:52

    Velasco with several mistakes in Manchester: he denied a correct goal to Manchester, he didn,t whistle a clear penalty (handball) for Bayern, missed second yellow card to Valencia and in my opinion, wrong second yellow card to Schewensteiger

  13. Anonymous2/4/14 00:42

    If I am not wrong there is a deliberate handball of Vidic at the box just before Schewesteinger second yellow card

    1. Anonymous2/4/14 01:54

      You are right. Probably no referee would whistle it, but in fact, Vidic carts his elbow deliberately to increase body surface. Perhaps assistant could have detected it, but it was quite difficult. The penalty should be given.

    2. video minute 47:50, 2nd half...
      Never a deliberate handball. IMO you are misunderstanding the term of "significantly increasing the body surface".

    3. and the missed penalty I meant happened in the first half in match minute 33:15.

    4. Anonymous2/4/14 10:55

      Never for you. Of course, Vidic did it totally undeliberate...

    5. Of course for me. For whom else? I only speak for me and express my opinion.

  14. Imo Vidic's 1:0 could have been offside. Wellbeck stands offside and I'm not sure, if he stands in Neuers direct view. 2nd YC against Schweinsteiger was absolutely correct.

  15. Anonymous2/4/14 11:15


    I am international referee of the UEFA and because you're doing a great job I'd like to state my point of view on your discussion, I watched Carlos Carballo yesterday too:
    -> 50/50 in 33/34, I would rule it deliberate handball penalty but understand the referees' decision.
    -> missed yellow-red card for Valencia.
    -> good arm offense awareness in Mandzukic situation.
    -> correct decision in 90, no penalty, I'm sure UEFA obs. won't find it even worth to discuss in report.
    -> correct yellow-red card for Schweinsteiger.
    Overall good but some bad decisions, we are humans..


    1. Anonymous2/4/14 12:04

      You are a UEFA-Referee? Terrible, Wrong second yellow card to Schweinsteiger, clear diving!

    2. Anonymous2/4/14 12:29

      And who are you if I may ask?

  16. The great mistake of Velasco: Second yellow card to Valencia.


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